Community Copse, Housing
PAD studio has been working closely with the developer to deliver a residential development of 3-5 new high-quality houses. Each house responds to the site creating a sense of community and appreciation for the ecological setting.
- Location: Hampshire
- Designation: TPO Woodland
- Collaborators: Belmore Building Developments
- Image Credit: Ineffable Tale
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Rain Water Harvest
Our vision for this residential development of 3-5 houses was to create a small community of high quality, crafted eco-houses that maximise their woodland setting and foster a strong sense of place. The arrangement of each home has been purposefully designed to shape its context and respond to beneficial solar orientation. The aim has been to offer the residents of this new development an intimate relationship with the surrounding woodland and its ecology.
The ‘ecology buffer’ strip is a haven for wildlife, in particular a colony of slow-worms and badgers. The separation of this buffer strip as distinct from the residential gardens is important and it will be demarcated by a low concrete wall to prevent vehicular ingress and damage. The buffer strip is envisaged as a zone for nature and will be protected throughout construction.
We work collaboratively and every member of the studio is a talented designer supported by the wider team. We are proud to be a female-led studio and we celebrate this, embracing diversity in all its manifestations. We are tenacious and driven, working hard for you and with you. We strive to meet the specific and individual needs of every client ensuring a memorable, personal, and professional experience.
For over a decade, we have fully engaged with climate and biodiversity issues, celebrating these challenges as opportunities. We are proud signatories of the Architects Declare network, and the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge and aim to meet net-zero (or better) whole life carbon for new and retrofitted buildings by 2030.
The desire to create a sunny enclosed terrace garden for every home has driven the L-shaped plan form. The living-dining spaces open onto a south-facing terrace garden which is enclosed by a low brick wall. Beyond this lies a more formal garden and natural grassland ‘ecology buffer’ strip. The entrance, circulation and kitchen are kept to the north of the plan. Traditionally a home would be anchored to the ground through the expression of a chimney, but in a highly insulated airtight home, this traditional element is no longer a functional requirement. Instead in this case, the staircase and kitchen are extruded from the main volume to create glimpsed views and to articulate these important elements.