[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.
Type Of Project: residential
Structural Engineers: Webb Yates
Project Architect: Foster Lomas
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: TBC
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: TBC
Annual co2 emissions: CSH Level 3