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Cliff House, Kent by Foster Lomas

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[IMAGES + PROJECT DATA] London-based practice Foster Lomas has won permission for this cliff-edge house on the south coast of Kent

Due to complete in late 2010, the 200m² scheme will be the first new-build project for the outfit which won the AJ/Urban Splash Tribeca Infobox contest in 2008.

The firm was asked to design a low-cost, low-carbon building on a constrained, steep site in an area prone to land slippage. Working with environmental consultants eb7 and with Webb Yates engineers, the practice came up with a ‘minimal impact’ piled, lightweight timber framed solution which would reduce the dead load and the risk of landslips. The completed building will achieve ‘at least’ level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Speaking about the design process, practice co-founder Greg Lomas, said: ‘A series of models (see below) allowed for a dialogue of ideas with the client, helping to focus the brief and progress the design. Through this constant model-making a basic form has been subtly manipulated to explore and respond to the building’s relationship with the site, context and view.’

Preliminary work has already started on site.

Project data

Type Of Project: residential
Structural Engineers: Webb Yates
Project Architect: Foster Lomas                
Client: Private 
Funding: Private
Tender date: November 2009
Start on site date: February 2010
Contract duration: 7 months
Gross internal floor area: 200m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: IFC 98
Total cost: £280,000
M&e consultant: NA
Quantity surveyor: Henry Newmand and Partners
Environmental consultants: eb7
Planning supervisor: NA
Lighting consultant: Foster Lomas  
Main contractor: 
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: TBC
Annual co2 emissions: CSH Level 3

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  • Like the model progression. Please show us more of these on other projects...

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