The proposals provide a contemporary dwelling house that successfully responds to the clients’ brief, whilst having minimal impact on the green belt setting. The proposed design is context driven - a simple but clear design vernacular that has strong visual and physical connections with its garden, and extends from the landscape itself.
The design of the house and material pallette are inspired by and drawn directly from the surrounding garden. Vertical wooden cladding boards to the first floor evoke the surrounding woodlands, balanced on a ground floor foundation of linear brickwork, which is carved directly from the landscape - a floating timber box, suspended on a plinth of bedrock.
The house plan is formed of two wings that are rotated about a central atrium and vertical circulation space, a central axis that provides vertical movement but also a shift in the plan layout. This rotation firstly allows the house to relate successfully to the existing road frontage, and secondly augments the relationship between the house, the garden and embraces the fantastic views of open countryside beyond.
location : ormskirk
status : planning approved - technical design
notes : green belt; replacement dwelling