The proposal seeks to add a distinctly contemporary addition to the fabric of Falmouth. The original stone-built store will be sensitively brought back to life by removing the pebble dash render to expose the original stone, which will be re-pointed with lime mortar. The new addition is intended to be a distinctly contemporary addition to the street scene, complementing the old stone with the new roman brick detailing.
Built by the clients grandfather this family home is ready for upgrades! A second story extension to this 1930's bungalow will provide 80sqm of additional space while upgrading the thermal performance of the house with sheep's wool and wood-fiber insulation.
The exterior will be finished with reclaimed slate, lime render and shou Shugi Ban timber cladding, a Japanese technique where the surface is scorched with a flame to weather proof the timber and deter pests.
Shou Shugi Ban (scorched timber)
This proposal under Class Q of the general permitted development order will bring this underutilized agricultural building back into use as modern family hub. The existing concrete portal frame will be insulated to high levels using sheep's wool and clad using timber and fiber cement sheeting to reflect it's agricultural past.
Existing Barn and Concrete Structure
Our proposal aims to encourage a retired lifestyle that is active and intimately connected to our families and communities. Research conducted by Transforming Aging, suggests that an effective strategy for helping those in later life to remain physically and mentally active is to encourage retirees to continue sharing their experiences and skill to the next generation. Continuing in this participatory way of life can have a positive impact of our wellbeing even helping us to live well for longer.
In terms of building a retirement community, our concept is to integrate the collective units into a cohousing community which shares the site with a much needed community asset. In our case we have suggested a school of gastronomy, but this could equally be a nursery, a sports facility even a theatre school, the possibilities are endless. We hope that this model of homing will positively transform our experience of those later stages of life.
Higher Newham Farm
This project asks how we might re-engage our generation with the processes and production of their food, finding pleasure in the changing seasons and shifting weather patterns and the beauty of soil and sunlight. With the UK governments promise to deliver new ‘Garden Villages’, this proposal looks at how planting an Agroecology research facility and cook school, at the heart of a community owned housing development in Truro, might inspire a new generation of farming communities.
The project explored the use of dowel laminated sturctural timber panels and the revival of thatching in contemporary Architecure. Working with local Cornish Master Thatcher’s South West Thatching, A thatched panel using combed wheat reed was developed to begin testing the viability of a prefabricated dowel laminated wood panel with thatch as both the thermal insulation and building rain-screen. The 1.2m x 2.4m OSB board cassette was thatched in approximately 1 hour. We are currently seeking investment to develop this into a viable system for places with a thatching heritage.
From the outset our client expressed a keen interest in the trees on his property, having planted some 2000 trees over the past thirteen years. The large Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) found on the site, which has established itself amongst the existing barn has played an essential part in forming our design concept. We saw this pre-existing condition as an opportunity to demonstrate a shift in attitude away from cutting down trees when they get ‘in our way’ especially when we want to build somewhere. Although contributing strongly to the quality of the project, this presented a substantial challenge to designing a viable proposal. we were aware that the existing tree with its shallow root systems and large canopy was already effecting the barns integrity and could affect the integrity of the new dwelling. As a result, the house design has been guided by a principle of ‘touching the ground lightly’ and proposes using innovative screw-pile foundations that raises the house off the ground, freeing the house from the compromised structural integrity of the existing stone wall, while protecting the integrity of the tree roots.
A new Primary school proposal for a planned 'All-Through-School' for the Town of Machynlleth. The decision to demolish the old run down school presented the chance to turn the 'ruined' old school into a large covered outdoor learning space for the schools and the community to use. The canopy also carries the photo-voltaic panels to power the complex of new buildings.
The primary school is proposed to be constructed using dowel laminated timber panels and isulated using sheeps wool from local farms. A space frame made from timber rounds, sourced from local woodlands, creates a hexagonal atrium at the center of the school as well as the outdoor classrooms.
After a suscessful community participation event called Transition Harlech, ReEdvent Harlech was proposed to the local community to offer ideas of what could be done with an abandoned 1960's concrete tower block. The proposal brings together the normally siloed activities of education and aged-care living. There is a deep understanding that education is a life long process and recognizing the fact that older people, no longer in full time education, are a valuable resource of knowledge, skill and experience to the community. Building on the popularity and success of The University of the Third Age' and retirement home property development opportunities, ReEdvent aims to showcase the potential for a vibrant multi-generational learing community in Harlech. Colleg Harlech in partnership with Theatre Harlech would create this retirement community focused around theatre production and arts education and boasting shared facilities that could be used by both the residents and the wider community.
The development proposes to renovate and upgrade the performance of an existing abandoned tower overlooking the stunning Harlech coastline. The unique dynamic facade is proposed to be made from thin brick slips, that subtly change with the high winds.
Existing 1960's concrete tower
St. Blaise Transition Gateway
The project is designed to be a catalyst, to propel the Parish of St. Blaise to become a more resilient community. The Gateway building will act as a datum within a wider park to co-ordinate efforts to enable people to be more aware of their ability to grow their our food, produce their own energy and utilize the water and resources of the area.
The building itself would be constructed by local people, setting a precedent for the rest of Cornwall. The unemployed would be trained in innovative sustainable building techniques prior to its construction.
Timbrel Vault Build Workshop
The proposed pontoon will accommodate 29 berths plus a shared community barge. We are currently developing design concepts for a series of ‘custom-build’ barge homes in which future the residents will choose between different sized barges, internal layouts and material finishes from a catalog of options. This will produce a pontoon scene rich with variety but within a fixed designed framework of to ensure the whole development is unified.
It is intended that a number of affordable homes will be delivered via a self-build cohousing collective. Through skills and training in ‘barge home’ building the participants will help construct their own homes through 'sweat equity' and create employment going forward as they help build the remainder of the boat-homes. These self-build dwellings will be pivotal in creating genuinely sustainable and secure homes for local people.