• 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 eco-house. 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 eco-house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame structure will utilize the very latest renewable technology.
  • Plans of Quarry House. A Para 55 eco-house. 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 eco-house. 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 eco-house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame structure will utilize the very latest renewable technology.
Quarry House is a Para 55 eco-house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house 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 continues and 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 these landscaped spaces.

The curving form of the dwelling enjoys wide views across the diverse landscape & has been optimised to capture south facing solar gains. The north side of the house is articulated & angled to shield itself from the noise of a distant motorway and as with many of our projects, the entrance sequence becomes a series of conceal & reveal experiences, slowly uncovering one unexpected surprise after another.

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Data

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

Technology

  • 8.4 kW Ground mounted tracking PV array
  • MVHR heat recovery ventilation 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 and comprehensive energy management facilities 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

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