Hawkes Architecture were approached by the client who had been pursuing a paragraph 79 scheme with another architect but failed to secure support despite various presentations to independent design review panels.
We started the whole design process again from scratch, working with a new landscape architect, DLA landscape architecture. Following a Landscape & Visual appraisal and having investigated the opportunities presented by the site we began to develop an entirely new set of proposals on an entirely different part of the site.
The principle landscape design objectives include the enhancement and regeneration of a Brook that runs through the site which includes various habitat enhancement opportunities.
A new discreet access to the lower part of the site is formed, preserving the higher open ground from infringement.
The architectural proposals have developed around embracing a natural hollow within the site which provides a tranquil haven away from a busy elevated road. The architectural form flows harmoniously with the rolling valley form and sets up an exciting conceal & reveal approach sequence. Arriving through some enhanced tree planting which itself provides a wider scale robust connection to adjacent woodland belts, the house is seen as a gently undulating sculptural pitching roofscape. Arriving on the roadside orientation, the tranquility of the Brook is concealed by the house.
The entrance sequence into the house reveals various intimate relationships with the AONB landscape. Long views north and south are carefully crafted into the proposals, presenting distinct experiences of prospect & refuge.
The proposals have been very well received by The South West Design Review Panel and the local authority and we’re currently working through further refinements of the proposals with a view to making a planning application in late Spring 2020
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