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.
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, […]
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 […]