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 passive house 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.

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Planning Approval

The planning application for this unique project was granted by West Berkshire Council in 2018, under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Paragraph 55. This policy has now been superseded by the current National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Paragraph 79, which sets out the Government's policy requirements for rural development in the open countryside.

Project Details

Consent  
2018 West Berkshire Council

Designated Area  
AONB

Project Type  
Para 55 - New Build

Internal Floorspace  
700m²

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Exterior render of Quarry house, a Para 55 passive house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame structure will utilise the very latest renewable technology.
Entrance to Quarry house, a Para 55 passive house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame structure will utilise the very latest renewable technology.
Plan drawings of Quarry house, a Para 55 passive house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame structure will utilise the very latest renewable technology.
Aerial view of Quarry house, a Para 55 passive house. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame structure will utilise the very latest renewable technology.