This new single dwelling has many nuances as a project. Various strict planning constraints, as well as an awkward sloping site in green belt land provided us with an opportunity to flex our capabilities with the added benefit that our client was considerably open to design ideas.
The proposed dwelling has been specifically designed to make use of the existing site levels, hence being sympathetic to the surrounding green-belt, forming a series of horizontally emphasised floor levels stepping up the site. The design includes a large flat green (sedum) roof construction to accentuate the open experience of the design and reduce the buildings impact. Materials to the exterior are minimalist with large areas of glass being complimented with render and timber boarding.
The scheme unites many sustainable strategies including careful use of solar gain and shading through thermal modelling, thermal mass, a ground-source heat pump, heat-recovery mechanical ventilation, solar voltaic panels and grey water harvesting, making this scheme close to Passivhaus standards.
The construction phase of this project is due to commence mid 2015.