[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Nick Willson Architects has revealed these plans for a new house in West Sussex
The eco-friendly home will be arranged around a series of gardens and courtyards.
The four-bedroom house is entered through a double height space which features a bridge between the first floor rooms.
With windows providing views to a large tree in the garden, the living space includes a large stone chimney and wood burner.
The house will replace an existing home and a storage shed on the site.
A garage already on the site will also be revamped through recladding, reroofing, and the addition of a dormer window and guest accommodation.
The architect’s view
‘We want to create a new eco-friendly home that is sympathetic to the beautiful countryside with a design that respects the landscape and natural contours of the site. We propose a house that will blend seamlessly with its surroundings as it staggers gently through the location’s natural topography thus softening the visual impact on the large site. Orientated towards the sun for passive solar gain, the rooms of this new home will be flooded with light all day.
‘The new main house starts at the entrance formed from a cedar timber clad and slatted vestibule that provides a focal point for guests but also a way of keeping the internal environment of the house stable. This space is linked to walkway canopies with the vertical nature of the cladding continued around the walkways and onto the refurbished garage space and the new storage space. This vertical cladding will reflect and enhance the vertical nature of the copse and provide a ribbon of wood around the courtyard.’