Gloucestershire-based DSH Architects has submitted plans for this ‘completely self-sufficient’, earth-sheltered house near Cheltenham
Based on a long barrow design, the practice will seek permission for the scheme through 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 house is designed to generate its own electricity, collect it’s own water, treat it’s own sewage and potentially grow it’s own food,’ said practice founder and lead architect Dan Stainer-Hutchins, lead architect. ‘We think these kind of houses have to be the way forward in the long term, architects really do have o be more radical in their thinking.’
The home will feature a domed, turf-covered limecrete roof built from excavated stone from the site.
Designed to the Passivhaus standard, the practice claims the whole-house ventilation system, linked to a thermal labyrinth, will result in ‘virtually no heating bills’.