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A Contemporary Concrete, Glass and Stone home adjacent to the river Thames.
Our client a property developer based in London acquired the modest bungalow on a stunning green belt site at the bottom of Winter Hill in Cookham, near Marlow with a view to demolishing the existing property and creating a light filled home in which to raise his growing family. The site sits opposite a small island in the middle of the river Thames and has extensive river frontage, which in winter acts as part of the flood plain of the river.
Our approach was understand the extent of the flood plain and the full site context and develop a design that uses the form of the existing building, creates a modern home but that does not impact upon the surrounding green belt.
The main views of the river have a northerly aspect so we needed to pull the proposed building away from its northern edge to allow warm sunlight into the house, a narrow plan allows light from both north and south to enter the ground floor. Moving the building south also allows a courtyard kitchen garden to be created so over breakfast the client can be both sheltered and have expansive view of the river to the south. Sleeping accommodation is located at the first floor and is protected by a solid wall to the south with balconies to the north maximising the view across the valley. Additional leisure facilities are housed in a subterranean space, which gives the client maximum volume but maintains the modest impact upon the characteristics of this special part of Berkshire