Extremely pleased to have gained planning permission for Coles House…
I hope to see this when its built’, is just one of the positive responses from case officer Mark Webb who has recently granted AR Design Studio’s largest project to date, Coles House, with planning approval.
The house, a 790sqm, 5 bedroomed dwelling, is set in beautiful 1950’s gardens, inside the South Downs National Park and close to the historical market town of Petersfield, Hampshire. The clients are keen gardeners and focussed their search for the perfect ‘garden-plot’ to locate their dream home.
After a short search they came across the ideal plot and immediately fell in love with the magnificent post-world-war-two gardens that were created from twenty-five acres of managed woodland. The clients brief was to mix the heritage of the garden with the modernity of a contemporary dwelling. With this directive, AR Design Studio were able to form a proposal that harmonised with the surrounding landscape.
Working closely with landscape designer Mike Ibbotson from Ibbotson Studios and engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan, the team at AR created a scheme that is informed by 5 formal linear axis’ that already exist in the garden. As a result the profile of the house is based on 5 simple forms orientated to the garden’s axis. The forms are manipulated to the specific views along the axis and positioned in staggering heights to emerge from the ground and rise to the sky, connecting the house with the landscape that flows through, under and over it. The house boasts a 12 meter high viewing tower with a frameless glass lantern, a lap pool that runs underneath the suspended house and a slide that takes the kids form their bedroom block to the games room below.
The project is due to start on site in summer 2015 and on completion, the gardens will again be selectively open to the public.
For information on the project please visit the project page…
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