The client bought the site with a planning permission stating that the mass and plan size of any future development could be no more than a square of 13 x 13 m with a height restriction of no more than two full floors above the ground, with ‘a room in the roof’.
The southern aspect, a beautiful view and garden orientation lead to a fully glazed southern elevation- this in its own right giving rise to solar gain which was controlled by substantial curved terraces derived from the movement of the sun
The internal plan is centered around a structural core that contains a feature glass staircase and lift with a roof oculus allowing light to be channeled to the lower levels.
The structure spans from the core to a perimeter column grid, creating a free flexible volume both vertically and horizontally. This is essential as the layout is likely to change as the family grows and their needs change.
The living space is extended to the south by a walkway and terrace with views of the sunken water garden seen from both the terrace and swimming pool, an area of secluded open bathing
The house is designed to achieve environmental sustainability by maximising passive energy (sun, heat, building mass etc.) with natural ventilation. Underfloor heating is used throughout the building with it’s winter heating cycle reversed in summer allowing the addition of chilled water for cooling in summer.