[Project data + plans] Spratley Studios has won the green light for this £750,000 home in a ‘sensitive rural location’ near Henley-on-Thames
The 440m² corten steel clad scheme, which was approved ‘unanimously’ by South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning committee, will replace a smaller 1960s brick and tile clad house.
Sitting at the western most edge of Peppard Common, the Beechwood project aims to meet level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
The architect’s view
While the range of ages and types of dwelling in this area, at the western most edge of Peppard Common, has resulted in little overwhelming design style locally, there is limited modern influence generally. By developing a contemporary design born from the narrative of the site and a re-interpretation of the vernacular buildings of South Oxfordshire, the architect has created a modern aesthetic that is visually arresting but not out of keeping. A clear hierarchy of elements, combined with a low-slung, flat-roofed form, enables the building to nestle comfortably into the site with minimal impact on the surrounding area. In fact, the dwelling is completely obscured by the existing landscape when viewed from the south in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
An autumnal palette of materials pushes conventional design boundaries and lends itself harmoniously to the surrounding woodland setting. The delicate wrapping of glazed walls in a seemingly heavy weathered steel hood creates a balance of heavy and lightweight, dark and light, solid and transparent that is engaging to the viewer and maximizes views both through and from the house. The weathering steel ensures the appearance will soften with age and together with the dark brick looks to re-create the essence of the local black timber clad, clay tile-roofed vernacular buildings.
Architects: Spratley Studios
Location: Gallowstree Common (nearr Henley-on-Thames)
Type Of Project: New build replacement dwelling
Structural Engineers: TBC
Project Architect: Adam Dodgson
Design Team: Adam Dodgson, Jeremy Spratley
Tender date: August 2012
Start on site date: October 2012
Contract duration: Approx 10 Months (TBC)
Gross internal floor area: Spratley Studios
Form of contract and/or procurement: JCT IFC, Traditional procurement
Total cost: Approx £750,000
M&e consultant: TBC
Quantity surveyor: TBC
Lighting consultant: TBC
Main contractor: TBC
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: TBC
Annual co2 emissions: Level 5/6 CFSH’s
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