House in an Urban Woodland
This project for an existing developer/client is to design a home for himself and his young family in a woodland setting at the rear of a large residence in Barnet.
Our brief was to create a dwelling that would be flooded by natural light with views opening out on to the surrounding woodland and which would compliment rather than detract from its physical setting. The sloping terrain of the landscape enabled us to create a south-facing subterranean wing concealed by the natural contours of the site and be responsive to the occasional need for privacy.
The scheme was particularly sensitive to the planning policy the LB Barnet rigorously enforces against intrusive backland developments. The clean, timber homes of Scandinavia led us to plan out a simple, stripped down, vernacular woodland dwelling and to use contemporary, sympathetic materials such as charred timber cladding and dark grey zinc roofing.
The design of the glazing is a counterbalance to the solid form of the building and is an important element in it’s own right. It enables the family to be enveloped by nature whilst living comfortably inside.
Full Planning Permission was granted in 2016 after a lengthy appeal process reached a positive outcome and we are currently producing detailed designs.