Sophie House, for Martha Trust, is a residential home for profoundly disabled children. Apart from the private and communal living spaces the building includes a well equipped therapy wing. The design arose from a sensitive response to the clients brief combined with careful consideration of this rural site on the outskirts of Hereford. The building takes on a curved organic form featuring a double curved roof finished with cedar shingles. The main body of the building embraces a large multi-purpose space, which also performs as an indoor garden.
The gardens are also an important integral part of this scheme. Illman Young provided the landscaping proposals for this project which were to be both enjoyable and stimulating, with a variety of habitats contained within the grounds to enrich the experience and stimulate the interest of the residents.