This family house is located in the centre of the New Forest National Park. It has set a benchmark in the area for high quality, contemporary one-off design previously resisted by a rather more traditionally minded National Parks Authority.
The brief called for a simple house providing accommodation that would allow the residents to live in close contact with nature. The building is orientated on the North/South axis with the bedrooms opening up to the morning light in the East, whilst the large open-plan living area faces West to the evening light filtering through a private pine copse. The primary structure consists of prefabricated, cross-laminated timber panels by KLH allowing the superstructure to be erected in less than two weeks. Locally sourced sweet chestnut cladding provides a vertical rhythm to the façade reflecting the adjacent woods.
The project was procured through a multi-party collaborative process from inception to completion. The early engagement of the client, architect, contractor, project manager and several key sub-contractors in a non-binding partnering agreement allowed for great efficiencies to be made in terms of build quality, cost savings and flexibility regarding client variations during construction.