The site for this one-off house originally had permission for two B1 units, but these were never enacted so in 2009 we made an application for a house for an extended family of three generations. Being attached to an existing agricultural building generated the section, which is modelled on barrel vaulted pole barns. The timber frame utilised excess timber from another project that the contractor/client had previously constructed. We used a solid internal blockwork lining to give thermal mass and the frame was infilled with wood fibre insulation, clad in either cedar or lime render. The plan is heavily influenced by Scandinavian courtyard houses, particularly as seen in the early work of Jørn Utzon.
Design Team: Nic Pople, Serena Evans
Contractor: Douch Partners Ltd
Photographs by George Sinclair