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Orchard Cottage

Somerset - Residential - On Site

Having recently been diagnosed with Parkinsons, our client required a highly crafted design response with adaptability, flexibility and functionality at its core, without any compromise on homeliness. The project brief was developed to serve a diverse set of needs, facilitating the short, medium and long term wellbeing of our client, allowing them to retain their independence as their needs change over the years.

The proposals seek to retain a number of mature trees on the plot, as well as the vegetated  plot boundaries which create a natural buffer. The house itself is conceived as two distinct blocks, arranged in relation to the mature trees, permitting visual and physical connections with the verdant immediate and wider context. A ground floor of local stone provides human scale as well as
enclosure, creating a consistent datum across the site. On top of this solid mass perches a timber clad mono-pitched roof element taking reference from the
forms and materiality of ‘modern’ corrugated barns in the area.

A juxtaposition and hierarchy is formed between the ground floor environment and an ancillary family member. The minimal contemporary detailing free of
ornament, the tone and agricultural form of the proposed mass reinforces this concept.

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