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Pivot House








H. Smith & Sons (Honningham)




Pivot House a new super-low energy, low impact family home in the Norfolk countryside. The proposal sits outside any settlement boundary, hence the design meets the very challenging criteria of Paragraph 79 (formerly Paragraph 55) of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Through close collaboration with Torc Ecology, the design team was able to produce a scheme, which in time, will improve the biodiversity of the site.

The building concept relates to the random nature of tree growth, with a parabolic arrangement of beams flying from a central spine. This is demarcated by the location of the tree placed in the centre of the courtyard. The innovative timber framed structure designed in collaboration with Structure Workshop uses Glue Laminated Timber to achieve a rational and cost effective solution.

The proposal provides new orchard planting and screening to the North, with the building itself being lowered into the landscape with a green roof to subtly blend the building into its surroundings, whilst also enhancing local biodiversity.

In the main, the building is to be constructed using flint gabions, quarried within a few miles of the site and using reject flints. The scale of the flints will vary to represent different areas of the building, allowing more or less permeability through the skin, helping the building to blend back into it’s earthy surroundings.

The building fabric uses flexible timber fibre between the joists with a rigid timber fibre board externally. The cladding is made from locally sourced Western Red Cedar and the windows supplied by Internorm.

This 5 bedroom house is set for project completion in March 2019. For the latest photos from the site please see our news story on the blog.

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