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Pad Studio reveals zero carbon Para 55 home

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Hampshire-based Pad Studio has submitted plans for this ‘country house clause’ home in the South Downs National Park


The 300m2 scheme, which is the practice’s first paragraph 55 house (NPPF), sits in the South Downs area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has been designed to link the building to the surrounding landscape.

The clients called for a home for two people but which would be large enough for visiting family and friends.

The project also includes self-contained accommodation which can be used as a bed and breakfast before later being converted into a flat for a carer.

The home is designed to be zero carbon in use and will be built using low embodied carbon building materials and construction methods.

The practice is working with Portsmouth School of Architecture on the project which is establishing a PhD post to carry out a post occupancy evaluation on the scheme.

Parsonage Barn by Pad Studio

Parsonage Barn by Pad Studio

Architect’s view

Parsonage Farm is positioned within a unique area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The landscape is dominated by the geology in the form of the South Downs Hills.

The village of East Meon and many of the buildings surrounding the site have a strong connection to this landscape and geology in their use of the vernacular building material of flint. They are formed from the very stuff of the earth, and these materials have stood the test of time.

The proposed design that has evolved is not the normal established way of creating a house. It is a true inter-disciplinary collaboration between the disciplines of structure, environment, landscape and architecture that have worked together to meet an identified need.

As our clients approach retirement they have identified that their living requirements are changing – they require a home in which they can live comfortably and sustainably for the next 20-30 years. The architectural design is innovative - it is a direct response to the landscape in which it is sited, not only in form that the building takes, but in the innovative interpretation of the vernacular language of the area.

The locally available materials and traditional construction methods of East Meon have been the starting point for the decisions made as to what this home is crafted from. The result is dwelling that has a unique architectural and structural form that enhances it’s setting because the collaborative coming together of the design approach achieves a harmony in balance with nature.

Parsonage Barn by Pad Studio

Parsonage Barn by Pad Studio

Ground Floor Plan

Project data

Location South Downs National Park
Type of project house
Client private
Architect PAD Studio
Landscape architect Terra Firma
Planning consultant Rob Hughes
Structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan
Environmental consultant Doug King
Funding private
Contract duration 18 months
Gross internal floor area 300m2

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