RIBA competition-winning housing scheme
This is a housing scheme that we submitted for an RIBA competition entitled ‘Tomorrow’s Garden City: A sustainable approach to living’. We were winners in an international field of 68 entries. Our idea was that the houses would be constructed out of living or formerly living materials, which were inherently good for the environment. They also used some of the ideas from our Great Bow Yard scheme with sunspaces at the front and open porches to the rear garden, which act as thermal buffer spaces.
The sunspaces were designed to be shaded by trellis screens that would host a range of climbing plants, further making the connection between house and garden. The three affordable timber-frame houses are made from hemp, have green roofs and have solar thermal and solar photovoltaic panels. They are compactly planned with living and bedroom spaces to the south and meet HCA affordable housing requirements. They also achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.