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“Pavillion Style House”

July 11, 2024


Lewis Critchley Architects have designed a contemporary new build in Gloucestershire.  The new house places great emphasis on the connection to the landscape setting and reduce impact to the wider context.  This resulted in a pavilion style house, single -storey that provides rooms and spaces with large areas of glazing connecting to the landscape and allowing natural daylight deep into the plan.  The over-sailing roofs are a strong feature of the house, helping to define spaces, frame views and provide solar shading.   Full-height windows located on the rear elevation, filling rooms with light and drawing the eye to the views outside.

We took an approach of “tranquillity and simplicity” in its design, ensuring the home does not distract from its natural surroundings and complements existing structures on site.  The design of the house is all about transparency.  Inside, the main living area open in plan and organised around a central chimney core that incorporates a wood-burning stove. This separates the lounge, snug and dining space, minimising the need for internal doors and walls.

Open plan living spaces and energy efficient features such as passive solar gain, a highly insulated building envelope, and warm water underfloor heating mean the building qualifies a high EPC rating and ensure a low-maintenance home year-round. A sedum green roof softens the view from neighbouring properties whilst contributing to rainwater attenuation, increased biodiversity and thermal mass

The home seamlessly blends interior and exterior spaces by intertwining several courtyards to offer moments of environmental reprieve.  Overlapping horizontal rooflines with extended overhangs expand spatial volumes while a higher roof ‘propped up’ with clerestory windows allow more natural light at the core of the building.  A layered and textured material palette is combined with clean, modern lines throughout the home to create subtle warmth and movement throughout the expansive spaces.

Our aim in any project is to design with passion, care and attention to detail. Our mission is to engage with our clients to give a positive working relationship and experience whilst bringing their aspirations to life

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