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AR Design Studio wins planning for ‘folding house’

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Winchester-based AR Design Studio has won planning for this house on the banks of the River Avon in Hampshire

Split over three floors the 411m² house is sunk into the landscape so just one floor is visible from the front of the site. The other two floors ‘stagger’ down the site according to the gradient of the landscape.

The ground floor layout contains open-plan living accommodation with views of the River Avon.

The house’s folding form will be clad in grey tiles.

AR Design Studio

The architect’s view

Inspired by the site context and defining character, the intention is to minimise the impact on the location and surrounding scenery by embedding the structure in its setting. The house takes on an extension of the undulating landscape, creating a folding mass that is then occupied by a habitable form.

The concept begins by tracing the existing landform and pathway, which is then continued upwards creating an extension to the landscape.

The raw form created is rationalised to function as a habitable structure, with solid elements inserted in all three spaces, offsetting the open plan nature and providing private and sheltered spaces.

AR Design Studio

Project data

Location Ringwood, Hampshire
Type of project Private residential
Client Private
Architect AR Design Studio
Funding Private
Tender date Early 2014
Start on site date Mid 2014
Completion date TBC
Gross internal floor area 411m²

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