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Alsop, Gough and Featherstone join sustainable house designers in the countryside - images

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Will Alsop, Piers Gough and Sarah Featherstone have signed up to a scheme to each design a £500,000 house for developer Jeremy Paxton's Lower Mill Estate in Gloucestershire.

Revealed exclusively here on AJplus, the trio are three of seven architects to have submitted proposed schemes for houses that will sit alongside 133 others - designed by Richard Reid Architects - as part of Paxton's Howell's Mere Cotswold development, near Cirencester.

In addition to Alsop, Gough and Featherstone Associates, Paxton has persuaded architects Andrew Ramus, Philip Gibbs, Mike Beeton and Robert Dowling to contribute to the Affordable Architecture scheme, which follows on from his Landmark House Project (Global architects line up for Cotswolds homes).

Speaking about the £500,000 houses, which are to be built as sustainable homes, Paxton said they would 'be the first examples of affordable architecture in the rural landscape'.

He said: 'They have to fit within a certain footprint; they have to be built for a certain price; they have to be environmentally responsible. Most importantly, they have to grow from nature rather than just land on it.

'They must also rely on nature for much of their energy. Wind turbines and geothermal technology are being investigated; roof tiles which are actually photo voltaic cells for solar power are being put through their paces.'

by Max Thompson

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