An ultra-low energy single-storey home revitalises the neglected site of a disused quarry
Quarry House is one of Studio Bark’s most ambitious low energy schemes to date. Located on a neglected site of an old disused quarry, the proposal looks to utilise the man-made landscape features to determine its positioning on the site.
The site also benefits from expansive panoramic views across the Cheshire Plains afforded by its elevated position, a key feature that helped determine the building’s form.
The proposal is for a 3 bedroom single storey house which is characterised by its projecting ‘fingers’ reaching out towards the expansive views. Linking spaces connect the main spaces, helping to break up the overall mass. A separate garage is located at the entrance to the site.
The design also includes a sensitive landscape design that intends to enhance local flora and fauna, particularly heath planting which characterises the local area. Through collaboration with a local ecologist early in the project’s development, key strategic decisions have been made that ensure the proposal has a positive ecological impact and significantly enhances its immediate setting.
Whole Life Zero Carbon
In response to the recent climate emergency declarations, the proposal is targeting Whole Life Zero Carbon within 30 years. A team of analysts from the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of East London, as well as in house analysis, has put the design through its paces to ensure that the embodied energy and in-use energy demand are kept to a minimum.