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Foster Lomas wins planning for circular 'future-proofed' home

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Foster Lomas has won the go-ahead for this single-storey, lightweight home in the grounds of Michael Twigg’s 1960’s Medlars house in East Grinstead, West Sussex

The 123m² two-bedroom scheme, dubbed Orbital House, has been designed to be ‘future proof’ and features disabled access throughout.

The architect’s view:

‘Two double bedrooms are accessed directly from the living area, one ensuite accessible from the living room space. Due to the overshadowing by trees, at the centre of the roof a conical skylight brings light into the centre of the plan.

‘The material palate of the house has been carefully chosen to allow the scheme to recede into its surroundings. The building envelope was developed to work with the spatial layout.

‘Large apertures within the structure break-up the volume of the building within its context as well as to allow generous views out. Service and private spaces are clad in an array of timber branches which extend out to the surrounding, providing trellis for planting and flora to intertwine with the building, blurring the boundary between building and nature.’

Project data:

Architect: Foster Lomas Architects
Location: West Sussex
Type of project: Residential
Project Architect: William Foster
Client: Private
Funding: Private
Start on site date: 2015
Gross internal floor area: 123m²
Total cost: Private
Environmental consultant: EB7

Medlars, West Sussex

The existing Michael Twigg-designed house


Planning supervisor: Troy Planning
Lighting consultant: Foster Lomas Architects

 

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