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We were commissioned to design a country house – ‘a dream in a wood’, a peaceful place to relax, regenerate, and think of new ideas.
CGI - Peter Guthrie Visualisation
The existing site has the remains of a house that burnt down a while ago and there is also a pool.
The site in Suffolk sits at the edge of a flood zone, determining a new raised floor level for the proposed house.
With the remains of the house and the given floor levels, we decided to float our design above the ruins. This allowed us to keep the memory of the old house, and place the new house as a light-weight intervention on the site.
The linear design picks up on the building form from the ‘long cottage’ found in the locality.
The entrance bridge, above the ruins, sets up the whole philosophy of the house, even before you actually enter, as well as successfully dealing with safe egress from the house to higher land in case of a flood. The building is also set like this so that it can be read on its own, and thus touch the existing site lightly.
The building is orientated towards the West-South-West, and sits on an angle above the existing ruins facing the best views.
A two-storey element punctures through the roof, and contains a master bedroom suite at the first floor. This is positioned towards the existing coach house, thus minimising the impact of the building on the more open site to the south.
This two storey element is recessed from both the west and east facade as to reduce the scale and the appearance of the building.