West Acre House
The form and material choices were developed through study of the local architecture and streetscapes. The pitch of the building is a reference to the nearby barn buildings which are a common and traditional style in rural settings. The design takes this concept and modernises it to create a building which sits familiarly in the landscape, but works to the modern requirements of the inhabitants.
The form of the building maintains the identity of the areas distinct, detached houses. Design studies looked at this building as the final in a row of properties which make up the north end of Common Lane. It was important that it sit comfortably grouped with its context, yet could be a stand out design amongst its neighbours.
Internally, the living spaces are generously sized and open plan to allow visibility and connectivity between day to day functions and respond to the inhabitants needs with their family. Cut outs from the massing create opportunities for terraces and private space at the first floor, while at the ground floor the open plan living spaces open directly into the landscape.