Designed to replace an ailing cottage located in the heart of Christchurch, this proposed property was sadly refused permission. The site itself had a number of challenges, the pressures of which shaped the form of the design.
Firstly, is the risk of flooding. The River Avon is nearby, and frequently bursts its banks. As a result the existing cottage has come very close to being flooded on a number of occasions. Therefore, the ground floor of the proposed dwelling is raised to provide floor resilience.
Secondly is the tight site, and its close adjacency with neighbouring dwellings. In order to establish a comfortable relationship with its neighbours, the layout of the dwelling and the placement of windows has been carefully designed to maintain privacy whilst ensuring that rooms are provided ample daylight and outlook.
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Thirdly is the scale of other dwellings in the area, which limit the size and massing of what could be proposed. As a result, pressure upon the programme of the dwelling meant that it had to be very efficient.
A contemporary design, which is clearly of its age, the proposal nevertheless takes material cues from its locality to form a dwelling which would sit comfortably within its setting.