House in Oxfordshire
Situated on the outskirts of a village, an existing house was demolished to allow for a new build in order to maximize the relationship between the architecture and surrounding landscapes. Oak was selected to provide a universal and sustainable cladding material. Glazed perforations respond accordingly to each elevation providing a storyline between the interior function and the gardens or fields. A natural swimming pond is included in the wild meadow garden.
Environmental control is supported by a an MVHR system and supplemented by a wood pellet boiler. Solar heating panels housed horizontally to the flat garage roof provide an additional heat source while PV panels are remotely located within the production garden. Solar gain to the glazed areas on the south and west elevations is controlled by external blinds.
The range of internal finishes has been limited to allow a shift of focus towards the landscape and the natural texture of the materials. Traditional forms and quality of workmanship are reflected in the details.
Architect: Peter Feeny Architects; design team: Peter Feeny, Matthias Thum, Ondrej Mundl, Richard Hood, David Max Phillips, Jose Soto; main contractor: Donovan Construction; preliminary planning approval: Architecture 00; landscape architects Dan Pearson Studio, Hendy Curzon Gardens: structural engineer: Momentum; cost consultant: Cyril Smith Ltd, audio visual consultant: Nick Marshall; services engineer: Neptune Building Services; lighting consultant: Lighttecnica, Paul Nulty Lighting Design; wood consultant: TRADA; photography: Rafael Dubreu, Ondrej Mundl.
Selected suppliers and subcontractors
services: Neptune Building Services; furniture: Viaduct; joinery: DHJ Furniture; timber floors and staircases; Arden Hodges; glazing: Cantifix; blinds: Levolux; concrete tiles: Specialist Precast; kalzip roof: Kovara; natural swimming pool: Gartenart; sanitary goods: The Showroom; kitchen: Bulthaup; metalwork: Bassett and Finlay; shower drains: Wade: outdoor furniture: Benchmark; stone cladding: Albion Stone.
commencement: Sept 2009, completion: Nov 2012