Approach to Brief
Our aspirations for the project are to design flexible affordable housing types with focus on architectural quality. In response to the brief our proposals seek to bring the sense of generosity and luxury usually found in bespoke private houses to an affordable build product desirable to young people.
Inspired by ideas derived by the English Arts & Craft movement we firstly considered the idea of comfort. By the late nineteenth century notions of comfort had achieved widespread currency within English culture initially through the work of the first generation of arts & craft designers such as William Morris, Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott and Charles Voysey.
Our ideas investigate the house typology as a simple 2 storey house with bedrooms situated on the ground floor with a flexible inter-changeable open volume living space to the upper floor taking strong advantage of the surrounding picturesque and romantic scenery beyond.
Our proposals consider the value and flexibility of the unit type and exploits opportunities in the house volume and its associated house plot – Thus allowing our typology to be considered as a 1 bed, or 2 bed, or 3 bed home depending on the occupants needs and requirements – A flexibility home typology – ‘A lifetime home’.
The essence of our house typology is designed to facilitate and allow for simple adaption by the occupants where for single homeowners, young couples, home workers, newly growing families or for the extended family. The intention is that the unit is constructed from energy efficient and locally sourced materials with the ambition to provide a very affordable entry level unit, generously proportioned and offering a volume with great opportunity to self-custom over time.