A feasibility project for The Sunday Times British Homes Awards.
The Method of Construction needed to achieve a minimum of Building Regulations 2016/FEES/Carbon Compliance, to Level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
The word ‘Stromal’ is a term from biology referring to connective tissues; it is adopted for this building, as the underlying concept taken from biology. Each of the elements within the building; – structural, services or cladding has equivalents in terms of a heart, brain, lungs, kidneys, nervous system, cardiovascular and arterial system and skin. The key is for elements to be interrelated and for the use to be measurable and manageable.
The design aimed for the integration and connectivity between environmental requirements and the use of technology for new living and social expectations. With the expected rise of energy costs exacerbated by the increasing use of electrical appliances there is a need to incorporate new technologies into a whole house design that through a management system minimise the consumption of energy during use.
The orientation of the house is shallow plan designed to facilitate cross ventilation and the maximum amount of daylight penetration to create an airy and day light illuminated space.
Circulation is via a staircase at the rear of the house creating a well-lit and enjoyable route up and down through the house. There is a ground floor garden, first floor terraces and a private roof garden for the maximum amount of external amenity space possible.