This house achieves so much for the client. Besides being a low energy home with low CO2 production, the layout has most bedrooms upstairs but crucially, one downstairs for use as an AirBnB let, a lodger or for a future wheelchair user. Passive Houses tend to have minimum sized windows because this is where most of your thermal envelope heat is lost. In this case, as we often try to do, we have four rooflights in this scheme which floods the house with natural sunlight whilst minimising the heat loss. Additionally, the open plan living, kitchen dining space opens onto the south facing garden making the feeling of outdoor living very easy to achieve in the summer months.
Our first Passive House Premium project, designed to generate more energy on site than it uses, measured over a year. This house faces due south with an asymmetric roof to maximise the solar thermal and solar PV gains. Whilst timber framed, the house has a ground floor masonry slab and stacked masonry bathrooms for thermal […]
Another of our Passive Houses is completed and occupied. Our client benefits from a very low energy house, lots of insulation, thermal mass in the ground floor, heat recovery on the ventilation system, photovoltaics with a house battery and rain water attenuation. The house is clad in a mixture of handmade Northcott brick and VM […]
Our first, not for profit social housing providers’ Passive Houses are complete and ready for occupation.
UK North Sea breakwaters on the 12nm territorial water limit, new off-shore harbour villages, nature reserves, wind power, land reclamation and consequential east coast regeneration. To see the full presentation of this project on YouTube click here. To see the Redmak Pop Up Studio YouTube channel click here.
Low surface pressure combined with spring tides with the depression cnetred on the eastern North Sea results in higher than usual waves and consequential flooding of the North Sea coast.
A traditional housing form from China called siheyuan; without direct translation, it means something like ‘courtyard house’. It was most common in the north, in and around Beijing but was developed into a typology for many building uses, not just residential. It is a cluster of buildings around several courtyards always with north to the […]
This southern Chinese traditional house form is a circular protected village encompassed by a rammed earth wall normally 2, 3 or 4 storeys high with many families; in fact, the whole village living within. At some sites, these Hakka’s are in groups suggesting that, as the village population grows, new Hakka’s are built. Being fundamentally […]
An exploration of the strength of enclosure vs. the looseness of puplic squares and piazzas. Starting with very simple shapes, we explore the expression of character and enclosure by changing the position of entry into the square and then distorting the form. With small alterations, a formal authoritarian space quickly becomes one which feels humanised, […]