Country house by Ström Architects

Country house

Country houseThe project is a replacement dwelling in Swanage, UK. Planning permission was granted earlier this year. The site is heavily wooded and enjoys a beautiful south aspect with a view over the Durlston Country Park.
Country houseWe early established the advantages of a single-storey building which helped from a planning point of view, as the proposed building is no higher than the existing and it allowed a simple arrangement of space suiting the clients’ brief of a house for their ‘retirement’.
Country houseAt the same time, the design reduces the visual impact from across the valley when looking back towards the house. The sloping site with mature trees very much dictated the positioning of the dwelling.
Country houseVehicular access is via the front of the property and we separated vehicles and entrance from the landscaped garden through a retaining wall that defines different levels. This arrangement also ensures cars are hidden out of sight, so that the view south is maximised.
Country houseThe long retaining wall will support cantilevered concrete slabs that will project over the parking space. The single storey house, cantilevers over the retaining wall and provides protection to the car park and entrance.
Country houseThe long retaining wall will support cantilevered concrete slabs that will project over the parking space. The large cantilever of the house is achieved through two concrete planes, the floor and roof acting together like a space beam.
Country houseThe concrete structure is then in-filled with a simple timber dry-lining, leaving the edges of the concrete frame visible externally. The external retaining walls and chimney breast will be in local Purbeck stone, anchoring the house in its location. Source Ström Architects
Country houseLocation: Swanage, Dorset, England
Architects: Ström Architects
Structural Engineer: Barton Engineers
QS: Stockdale
Collaboration: Goss Visualisation, Peter Guthrie Visualisation
Year: 2013
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