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EcoLogicStudio unveils redesigned PPS7 house

London-based ecoLogicStudio has revealed its revised proposals for a woodland home in Haslemere, West Sussex

The £3.5 million scheme will be submitted under the ‘contemporary country house’ clause, officially known as Clause 11 of Planning Policy Statement 7 (PPS7), which provides a rare exception to the rule banning development in rural areas.

The research-led practice’s original design was turned down by planners and the research-led firm is now working with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios) – one of only 15 outfits ever to have won consent for a house under PPS7 – on a ‘completely redesigned’ 850m² home.

The timber-framed house will be built from locally sourced chestnut wood which will be made into glulam components in Lewes.

Practice founder Marco Poletto said: ‘This is a very interesting collaboration experiment that follows previous projects in which ecoLogicStudio has been design consultant in support of FCBStudios. It may show potential new ways for young research-based practices to gain experience while applying the design agendas and technologies developed in their academic research.’

Describing the scheme, he added: ‘The [house] intensifies the relationship with the landscape, through a programmatic distribution along its main flow lines, with the wood canopy.. adapting the density of its structural mesh, with the microclimate, by extending its wings and internal winter gardens to catch the sun and the natural light.’


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