Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
The Orangery by Hinton Cook Architects
September 10th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Hinton Cook Architects
Two generous, contemporary, sustainable, five bedroom family homes located within an historic Setting. Formally the original green houses, a series of undulating glass structures, that formed part of the kitchen garden to the Stock Grove house Estate.
Attention to landscaping and respect for context was critical to help the design blend harmoniously within its historic surroundings.
The houses have south facing wings to the rear that houses the kitchen, living room and media/gym/family room. The rooms are flooded with light through the vast south facing glazing allowing maximum solar gain, over heating is controlled via the large, dramatic cantilevered roof.
The properties are situated over three floors of varying sizes. On the ground floor, the main living area and dining rooms feature vaulted ceilings. The large expanses of glass are designed give sweeping views over the gardens. Kitchen, breakfast and dining spaces are interlinked with the ability to unite them into a singular space, via sliding doors and partitions. Bedrooms are located both on and below ground level with apertures facing south, whilst the main bedrooms contain walk-out spaces and balconies; integrating the internal plan with the outdoor spaces.
Sustainability within this build was crucial to promote healthy family living. This is evident throughout the design, incorporating an earth shelter structure built into the ground consuming half of the lower ground level. This technique benefits the building by having a continuous temperature throughout the year, lowering energy bills.
The buildings will unite eco technologies such as Air source heat pumps, Photovoltaic solar panels and a heat recovery system, all of these combined drastically reduce household bills and reduce the carbon footprint. Heating is provided through under floor heating. Self sufficiency is promoted through large south facing gardens to back of the houses that ideal for plant growing. Rain water harvesting will produce a large amount of water for use in the houses and high performance velvac windows will reduce heat loss during winter months.
Both of the dwellings will benefit from Smart Home System technology controlling lighting and heating ensuring that energy use is under control and combined with the cinema room providing a luxury environment.
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