Environmental Leadership – Three rooms – Don't Move, Improve! 2020



‘Environmental Leadership Prize’ Don’t Move, Improve! 2020

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Raising the canopy of a crafted timber home to grow alongside an extending family tree. ‘Three rooms’ transforms a small, self-build, timber frame terraced house for a couple, into a four-person home and office. Open plan was no longer suitable for the new-found jubilant chaos of both raising children and working from home, therefore the beloved space was redesigned to adapt for teenagers. Through retaining the fundamental concept of verticality and the sensation of looking up, new ‘canopies’ were interpreted and designed from below. An inventive construction language evolved from birch ply, stressed-skin technology and traditional timber construction, coinciding to create three new rooms under a new roof. Linking the three levels required coupling a new set of stairs with the relocated, bespoke steel staircase. The helical circulation acts as a joyfully economical transition between all floors and maximises the dimensions of the main social space, ensuring gatherings around cooking and the family dining table. The sustainability strategy minimises impact through means of an extensive circular retrofit, post-occupancy energy monitoring and a palette of 100 per cent responsibly sourced timber. The new lattice roof not only contributes spatially but enables a stack effect from the double-height space and passively ventilates the home, showing a consciousness for the buildings on-going carbon consumption.

SIZE: 114 SQM
AREA ADDED: 33 SQM
AREA REFURBISHED: 81 SQM
ARCHITECTS: ULLMAYER SYLVESTER
BUILDING CONTROL INSPECTORS: BUTLER AND YOUNG LTD
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: JAMES BIRDWOOD
PARTY WALL SURVEYOR: THOMAS AND THOMAS
CONTRACTOR: PROPORTION CONSTRUCTION LTD
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