Wishanger Estate Eco Home
A unique family eco home, hidden within a lakeland landscape in East Hampshire
Crafting a home which captures the dream of the client and the imagination of the Architect is the beauty and challenge of architecture. The brief was to create a low energy design, family home that draws inspiration from the surrounding lakeland environment. The rich biodiversity of the area is reflected in the design of the building and the landscaping of the gardens.
Design for the ‘country house of the future’ labelled ‘outstanding’ and granted planning permission under Paragraph 55.
The sculptural design of the house is formed by the existing contours which naturally seemed to create two ‘orange segments’ which sit into the low area of the site allowing a ‘bridge’ between the two higher points in the form of living roofs.
The journey along the new driveway brings you to the valley between the highest points of the site to where the proposed house will nestle. Vehicle access terminates at garaging to the side of the house however the journey continues through the building on foot to a tunnel lit with sun-pipes that leads to a subterranean look-out observatory, peaking out like a blinking eye.
The two segment form of the building splits the house into a predominantly north / north-east facing part and a predominantly south / south-west facing part. The internal arrangement responds to this orientation, positioning rooms with less need for natural light to the north, while the more open plan living areas, terrace and pool face south-west to take advantage of the sun light and solar gain.
Sustainable from initial concept
ARCH-angels Architects’ eco house design philosophy produced a design that was truly low energy: it has low environmental impact both visually and in its method of construction and materials used. True sustainability will be delivered through balancing the benefits of site conditions and orientation, embedded energy in construction, lifetime cycles of use, consumption and maintenance and interconnected smart technologies.
Client Private Client
Category Bespoke Home