[SMALL PROJECTS 2011] The Hadspen Belvedere is a filigree structure situated to the north of Hadspen House in Somerset.
The belvedere is constructed of green oak, sourced mostly from within the Hadspen Estate. Rainwater - to fill drinking troughs for pigs and irrigate the orchard during dry spells - is collected on the cantilevered roof deck before passing through two outlets and then stored in tanks located on the first floor. The first floor is accessed through a steel stair with open riser and grated treads that that are porous to sunlight and are used for cleaning muddy boots, while the upper floor is reached by a stair leading to an open room defined by oak boards.
Client Niall Hobhouse (Hadspen Estate)
Architect David Grandorge with Diploma Unit 7 - ASD London Metropolitan University
Green OakConsultant Jim Blackburn
Structural Consultants Dario Forte, Alan Consibee