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.
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 This policy has now been superseded by the current National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Paragraph 79e, which sets out the Government's policy requirements for rural development in the open countryside.
2018 West Berkshire Council
Para 55 - New Build