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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Caretaker’s House in Dorset, England by Invisible Studio with AA Inter 2

 
December 14th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Invisible Studio with AA Inter 2

The Caretaker’s House at Hooke Park is truly ground breaking. Invisible Studio were commissioned by the Architectural Association to develop a student concept design into a prototypical low cost timber exemplar building using only timber grown and felled on site, and in its green state.

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  • Architects: Invisible Studio with AA Inter 2
  • Project: Caretaker’s House
  • Location: Hooke Park, Beaminster, Dorset, England
  • Date of completion: 31 Oct 2012
  • Total contract value: £170,000
  • Start on site date: 30 April 2012
  • Gross internal floor area*: 120m2
  • Form of contract and/or procurement: JCT Intermediate
  • Total cost: £170,000
  • Client: Architectural Association, London
  • Structural engineer: Buro Happold
  • Services engineer: Buro Happold
  • Quantity surveyor: Invisible Studio
  • Planning supervisor: Clark Associates
  • Main contractor: Greenheart Sustainable Construction
  • Annual CO2 emissions: 3kg CO2/m2/year

Image Courtesy © Valerie Bennett

The building uses unseasoned larch/cedar/poplar/douglas fir/spruce as appropriate, uses wood for heating and also for insulation. It is (as far as we are aware) the world’s first green timber building insulated to passivehaus standards, with passivhaus airtightness.

Image Courtesy © Valerie Bennett

The construction process is super-efficient. There are no wet trades whatsoever – the mini piles are steel and the only non timber structural item.

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The key move of the building is the ‘heavy’ north wall to provide privacy and insulation, and is very open to the south where there is a large inhabited verandah conceived of as an extension to the living space. The roof form is generated by, at one end, the need to gain maximum east sunlight penetration into the master bedroom, and at the other end, a living space with high natural surveillance over the campus. The bed and living spaces are separated by an open ‘dog trot’ allowing framed views out into the forest.

Image Courtesy © Valerie Bennett

Even the joinery was manufactured on site – the kitchen (which uses exposed copper piping for taps) has chunky timber work tops,  and the stairs uses an innovative dry jointed system that gains strength as the timber dries. The handrail uses mild steel bent piping, welded on site.

Image Courtesy © Valerie Bennett

Image Courtesy © Valerie Bennett

Image Courtesy © Valerie Bennett

Image Courtesy © Valerie Bennett

Image Courtesy © Valerie Bennett

Image Courtesy © Valerie Bennett

Image Courtesy © Valerie Bennett

Image Courtesy © Valerie Bennett

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