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Welsh House of the Future?

Malator is an uncompromisingly modern home in Druidstone, dubbed the ‘blueprint for the future of Welsh housing’. Despite being completed less than a decade ago this cutting-edge contemporary home has already won world-wide acclaim as one of Wales’ architectural treasures. With its combination of sympathetic design and an unrivalled location on the Pembrokeshire coast, the house won over Y Ty Cymreig’s architectural expert, Dr Greg Stevenson: "As someone who makes his living restoring old cottages and lecturing on historic architecture I didn’t expect to fall in love with a house built in 1998. But this is exactly what happened when I visited Malator".

Property journalists may be guilty of overusing labels like ‘breathtaking’ and ‘stunning’ when describing homes but this house is unquestionably both. The turf roof, steel chimney and peephole doorway inevitably gave way to its local nickname as ‘the Teletubby house’, but there is nothing comical about this sleek design.

"This is the kind of house that can challenge how you understand buildings and what you expect a house to be," says Dr Stevenson. "At Malator you are at one with the sea and wind-buffeted cliffs, your life is full of light and there is an incredible sense of freedom and space. This is the kind of building that can move Welsh architecture forward into the twenty-first century."
The basic design of Malator is very simple, with essentially one room inside, divided by prefabricated coloured pods, while on the outside the house melds with the surrounding landscape.

"You might expect a home as modern as this, just yards from the coastal footpath, to jar with its surroundings, but it doesn’t," says Dr Stevenson. "Its simple, organic form melts into the hillside and a lack of designated garden makes the house at one with its landscape."

"At Malator you are at one with the sea and wind-buffeted cliffs, your life is full of light and there is an incredible sense of freedom and space. The best architecture should also challenge your prejudices about the home, even change your world view. It should make you think about the relationship between how we use space and how we build and decorate our homes."

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