'Hidden House' is located behind frontage properties, on the southern fringe of Cambridge. The design extends and remodels an existing 1970's bungalow, which is one of a pair built on the site. Our client, two engineers with a young family, want their home to embody sustainability in preparation for their low carbon future.
The new layout is focussed around the existing main living spaces sat within an L shaped plan that cradles the family garden behind. Large fir trees around the site together with existing frontage property back gardens, form a secluded and unexpected calm, given that the site is within 100 meters of Addenbrooke's Hospital and main arterial roads.
The proposed construction is principally an insulated pre-fabricated timber frame, timber shakes and sidings, and brickwork for boundary conditions. Top light and solar shading have been key considerations, when striking a balance between the creation of uplifting spaces, comfort and energy performance. Internal spaces will be understated using up-cycled and repurposed materials to complement the client's soft and fixed furnishings.
Alterations and extensions proposed will form an enlarged kitchen/dining, separate studio annex above the existing flat roofed garage, two further bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Each of the main living spaces are separated by newly created private courtyards, that will provide daylight and summer cooling, while also forming a strong visual connection between the space and outside. A new entrance will form much needed space and threshold to the main house, together with timber courtyard screens that will provide privacy from an adjacent neighbour.
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