Carbon Neutral ECO Family Home in Flintshire replacing existing agricultural buildings in open countryside.
The initial concept sketches sought to create a courtyard feel with a central private amenity space whilst reflecting the long thin aesthetic of the existing buildings on the site. The designs evolved into a courtyard arrangement with two L-shaped sections, the first being buildings and the second being a landscaped elements. This had the benefit of reducing circulation space, overlooking within the dwelling and making the most of the southerly orientation and views across the fields.
The driving forces behind the orientation and siting of the dwelling were maximising natural daylighting whilst reducing actual or perceived overlooking from the neighbouring house and reflecting the existing context. It was also felt important that the existing views and vistas through the site were retained.
Internally, the dwelling has been orientated with the main living spaces benefitting from being south facing although run generally in parallel to the northern boundary. The ancillary spaces, such as the circulation and servicing spaces are located to the outer line of the dwelling with framed views across the fields.
The family wing is orientated angled at more than ninety degrees to the main living room so that the bedroom spaces retain privacy from the main living spaces, whilst giving access to the external spaces.
As the dwelling has long thin proportion, it was felt that the circulation space needed to be broken up and provided with interest. Along the bedroom corridor a framed view of the open countryside is provided at the entrance to the bedrooms.
The Master Bedroom suite is located at the end of the bedroom wing, which provides the most privacy from the living spaces, but also provides a better vista over the courtyard.
Elevationally the designs reflect the current agricultural and utilitarian nature of the existing buildings, with a contemporary take on the traditional agricultural metal cladding being the predominant material as seen from the more public areas. A hidden gutter detail and repeating slot windows provide a contemporary and crisp take on the existing building and from a distance will provide a pleasant and complementary aesthetic to the site.
The main courtyard elevation, reflects and continues the brick wall detail, with a slot window detail to provide a feature and security to the living room. The brick wall continues to provide the wall to the internal courtyard, where a large sliding gate provides access for the occupants to the main house. The simple brick elevation continues to face the internal courtyard and provides the elevational treatment for the family room block.
The two garden elevations, due to their orientation and function, provide substantial glazing and level access to the courtyard garden and the architecture of the elevations reflect this.