The Abbots Way by AR Design StudioMarch 21st, 2013 - Posted in Architecture
AR Design Studio have designed the Abbots Way House, a contemporary house located in rural location on the south coast of England. The house is super insulated to create a highly energy efficient home, with under floor heating providing warmth and large overhangs to reduce solar gain in the summer months.
Description from AR Design Studio.
“The site is accessed via a private forest lane. Its overtly linear approach extends into the plot and creates the conceptual main axis. A second axis, perpendicular to the former, intersects and leads towards a hot tub and the lake. These axes are defined by timber paths and large stone walls that begin in the garden and run through the house and out the other side.
The walls continues through the plot, to link a further a separate office and gym space at the bottom of the garden. These dividing walls create four separate garden experiences, the first of which being the entrance space. The second is a calm pebbled Japanese herb garden to the rear of the house linking the separate office. The third is a private enclosed wooded space dedicated to the kitchen and master bedroom above. The fourth, is a large open expanse of tropical plants and lawn reaching down to the lake, reflecting the open plan living space that looks over it.
A white box, sat on top of the axial walls, gives the upper sleeping floor a light weight image and appears to be floating above the stone axes. It contains the five bedrooms, all with large glazed areas. This provides beautiful tree top views of the lake and surrounding woodland, creating a sense of being nestled amongst the tree canopy whilst lying in bed.”