The house is designed with care and a strong architectural parti which creates clusters and engages with the landscape. It's successful in plan form yet suspiciously affordable for vast amount of zinc cladding finish.
However, don't follow the materiality mix and or the selection of the external colour- Its a hybrid- How that bottom half would weather, painting for ever, otherwise, it is going to look like the aged blockwork, while the top half will staying new and sharp. Hope your external walls stays white!
Are Architects already trained to design carbon neutral? No they are not.
Secondly, factually only 10 % of the new housing are built by Architects – which is a negligible impact.
As far as new housing is concerned, let’s start asking some real pertinent questions:
1-Why do we accept poor performance or ( and performance gap) in our buildings?
For example, If my car achieved 20mpg say instead of 60mpg and the something didn't work, I would take it back straight to the dealer!
2- Why should it be the case that very low-energy houses are not valued at a higher price than other properties?
3-Why are Funders, providers, valuation surveyors and buyers failing to recognise that ”A very energy efficient home can save you thousands of pounds over the course of its lifetime? This is the biggest and singular long term investment one will make!
4- Why do the volume-house builders (who build 90% housing) spend considerable amount of additional costs for max energy standards, in the knowledge that they will not be valued any differently in a competitive housing market?
I think we do need to address these questions first!
Love it... questions the norm... I think its great piece of product design, and considerable more mature than the Architect's Sieghart House deign!. Iterative process of design.. I wonder how will the occupant cope with long dark winters.....
lovely idea, but why its not straight. Does it worth the cost and difficult details. A quote comes to my mind: You don't want to be original, you want to be good!