New Exemplary Modern Dwelling within Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Winscombe | Somerset
The 0.22 hectare site lies in a sensitive rural location in Winscombe, Somerset and forms part of the wider curtilage and gardens associated with Queensmead Court, a large detached Victorian house located in the Northern half of the estate. From within the site, there are panoramic views looking towards the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The proposal involved constructing a new highly sustainable, energy-efficient dwelling.
The brief was to create a live-
From the outset the surrounding natural environment provided the primary source of inspiration for the proposals. The form of the building is derived from the landscape (the topography, trees and views), as well as from the site history. The low lying new dwelling is proposed to sit lower in the ground than the existing topography to limit its impact on the special character of the site with a meadow grass roof to further assimilate the building into the landscape.
The grassy form of the main roof is the dominant feature of the design and provides drama and interest. It is the single highest point of the development – however it is significantly lower than a traditional two-storey house with a pitched roof.
Deep overhangs have been incorporated on the main roofs to prevent solar gain during the summer months when the sun is high. In contrast solar energy will be permitted during the winter months when the sun is low.
The main elements of the building are clad in sustainable timber which is oriented in opposing directions to add depth and interest. There is an element of natural stone which relates to the natural stone walls of the boundary walls and gate piers. The definition between old and new materials creates a contemporary juxtaposition and helps define elements of the façade whilst also introducing a visual identity to the scheme.