Design: designed to have no impact on the surrounding countryside, the elegant roof form follows the site contours to ensure the dwelling merges with the natural landscape and maximises the views and natural sunlight. The project involved the demolition of a bungalow and the clever re-siting and building of a new four bedroomed home using crisp and contemporary architecture.
The client is an amateur wildlife photographer and keen was to enhance the ecology of the old disused lime works. Designing a contemporary house with minimal impact on the surrounding countryside whilst still being a functional and practical house was a prerequisite.
As architects, we drew inspiration for the design from the sites natural surroundings and the design aims to have a minimal impact on its environment. The vertical properties of the design (glazing, cladding and roof) take inspiration from the trees with the new dwelling is much more in keeping with the surrounding residential properties.
Environmental: The dwelling is highly sustainable with ground source heat pumps, high levels of insulation and a timber frame construction. This is complemented by the use of natural materials such as copper roofing, timber and cedar cladding and lime render.
The project won the Graham Allen Award for Conservation and Design from North Norfolk District Council and the People's Choice Award which was determined by way of public vote during the Greenbuild weekend at Fellbrigg.
Cllr Sue Arnold, Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “The judging panel were blown away by the quality and innovation they saw on site and the use of an interesting mix of materials. Use of materials, careful design and a sustainable approach have all been combined to create a stunning piece of contemporary design which has used site context to create unique qualities and identity.“