PASSIVE HOUSE PREMIUM Project

Our Passive House Premium Project

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 […]

NORTH SEA ARCHIPELAGO: Part 2

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.

Historic Housing Model: Hakka Rammed Earth Wall

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 […]

Approaches to the Enclosure of Public Space

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, […]

Piazzas From Around the World

Communities focus themselves around piazzas which is why, on arriving at a new town or city, visitors gravitate towards such spaces, Traflagar Square, St Mark’s Square, Placa de Catalunya, Alexanderplatz etc. This is a study of the forms of several minor squares or piazzas from around the world. Note that most have an informal shape […]