whipsnade houses, bedfordshire

  • multiple units

Whipsnade houses are a set of replacement dwellings for various semi-derelict garden centre structures all with green belt and aonb land. Our proposals are to add three new dwellings, protect the existing peripheral trees and hedgerows whilst proposing a full landscape and planting scheme. The proposed inspiration is from the local rural vernacular of pitched roof barns. Their composition and clustered form is them to reduce the impact on the green belt.

We have broken the building’s mass into two main elements. the larger dwelling will appear slightly more dominant over the other two whilst still remaining subservient to the existing buildings which are to be removed. the two smaller dwellings will appear ancillary to the main dwelling and all there when complimented with the proposed landscape scheme will coexist nicely. We have deliberately staggered the proposed buildings across and into the site to  to reduce the perceived bulk and mass, but also to allow each building to avail of optimum solar gain, hence making each unit equally sustainable.

The focus with these proposed dwellings is the landscape they reside within, large panes of glass allow floods of natural light in, but also allow for controlled views to their proposed gardens. The materials used will be robust and low maintenance to ensure a high quality of environment is maintained.

We have consciously not used the whole site for our development remembering the importance of not disturbing the site to excessive degrees. Two large wildflower meadows have been proposed, this protects the openness of the site and also shows how we have sensitively located our buildings and have no intensive of overdeveloping the site.