Overcoming difficulties to deliver unique spaces
The existing property was poorly positioned and suffered from noise pollution, overshadowing and lack of private garden space – being overlooked by the fishery access and car park.
Architect Leila Westrope of Roderick James Architects worked on a sensitive design that could be built into the existing bank close to the Lake. This allowed the views to be utilised whilst overcoming the problems of the existing site.
Clean open spaces present some difficulties at the point of raising the frame. The frame is reliant on an additional structure that is not in place when the frame is raised. Temporary bracing is required for safety and to ensure the frame remains correctly positioned, plumb and level.
With forethought and careful working out of centres of mass, the decision was taken to send some elements of the frame to site partially assembled. Lifting positions were clearly marked to aid the team on site with the installation.
A surprise the moment you open the door.
On approaching the house it seems to be a simple low lying structure with a green roof. Only on entering the house do you appreciate the unique setting by the lake and the large open plan spaces. All views are directed out to the lake. The split roof design enables a band of high-level windows to provide light and ventilation to the dug in service spaces.