Austin Design Works has secured planning permission for a multi-generational country house in the Greenbelt.The 1,000sq/m property will replace an existing 1980s chalet-style bungalow.
At the heart of ADW’s bold new concept was the creation of a replacement dwelling in the greenbelt, meeting all the expectations of modern living. This incorporates exceptional design and state-of-the-art technology and energy efficiency.
It features subterranean car parking, a swimming pool, gym and bar. As well as a stunning entrance hall with glass lift and high levels of natural light.
Matt, architect for the scheme, who runs the practice with his landscape architect sister Rachael, said:
‘We designed the house based on clear farmstead-style vernacular precedents,”
“The clients are excited at the prospect of creating a home which embodies technology. They are interested by the idea of the architectural expression of asymmetric ridges and roof trusses.”
Low-energy, sustainable and recycled materials will be used in construction. This will include faience cladding – and a ground source heat pump. While the latest advanced Passivhaus thermal modelling software (PHPP) was used to develop the scheme.
A major challenge was to re contour the surrounding land, some of which had been used as landfill for many years, to create a lake and meadow areas.
Rachael worked with an ecologist to design wildlife corridors across the site. Thousands of trees will also be planted to restore biodiversity and habitats and encourage the return of native species.
Also, colourful planting with clipped hedges will surround the house. Allowing the building to sit modestly in the rolling landscape.
“Our approach to planning is based on dialogue with local authorities right from the word go,” said Rachael.
“We started working with the planning authority at the very start of the design process, to achieve the best possible design outcome. Both in terms of policy constraints and fulfilling the client’s brief.”
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