Quarry House is a sustainable Para 55 Passivhaus, designed by Hawkes Architecture.
  • Garden elevation of Quarry House. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame structure will utilize the very latest renewable technology.
  • Garden elevation of Quarry House. A Para 55 Passivhaus. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame structure will utilize the very latest renewable technology.
  • Driveway render of Quarry House. A Para 55 Passivhaus. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame structure will utilize the very latest renewable technology.
  • Plans of Quarry House. A Para 55 Passivhaus. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame structure will utilize the very latest renewable technology.
  • Distant aerial render of Quarry House. A Para 55 Passivhaus. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame structure will utilize the very latest renewable technology.
  • Internal render of a glazed corner at Quarry House. A Para 55 Passivhaus. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame structure will utilize the very latest renewable technology.

Quarry House Para 55

The design narrative for this Para 55 house celebrates the principal defining characteristic of the site, a semi-circular lens shaped former quarry.

The location of the 770m² dwelling completes the circle, naturally containing a more controlled garden. The natural character of the landscape outside the quarry is left to naturalise, creating a contrast between the two landscaped spaces.

The curved building enjoys wide views across a diverse landscape and has been optimised to capture south facing solar gain. The north side of the house is articulated and angled to shield itself from the noise of a distant motorway and the entrance becomes a series of conceal and reveal experiences, slowly uncovering one unexpected surprise after another.

Project Data

  • Location: West Berkshire
  • Designated Area: AONB
  • Planning Authority: West Berkshire
  • Consent: Granted 2018
  • Type of Project: Para 55 New Build
  • Build Program: 14 Months
  • Gross Internal Floorspace: 700m²
  • Cost: £2m
  • Status: Construction begins in 2019

Technology

  • 8.4 kW Ground mounted tracking PV array
  • MVHR Heat recovery system
  • Zappi PV to EV technology
  • Combined log & pellet biomass boiler
  • Eddi PV to DHW technology
  • Tesla Powerwall V2 battery storage
  • Whole house voltage optimisation
  • Joule thermal store
  • Triple glazed
  • Low energy appliances & lighting throughout

Facts

  • Passive solar design
  • Super insulated (300mm thick) timber frame building
  • U-values of 0.12 W/M²K
  • Locally sourced materials
  • Airtight = 0.6 air changes/hour @50pa
  • 25 kWh/m² Annum heat load
  • Circa 80 kWh/m² Primary energy consumption
  • EPC: Predicted A/A

Project Associates

Hughes Planning Squires Young

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