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Burwood House in South East England

Contemporary Sustainable Home, South East England, UK – by Catja de Haas Architects

26 Nov 2019

Burwood House

Design: Catja de Haas Architects and Takero Shimazaki Architects

Location: South East England

Burwood House South East England
photo © Tom Rothery

‘Burwood is a type of wood that grows in existing wood becoming a new tree. It is the name of the house, we hope the house will slowly disappear in the green.’
Catja de Haas

Burwood House South East England
photo © Lorna Soar

The design of this sustainable family home in an AONB revisits modernist ideas of flexibility, variety in use, inclusivity and scale. Catja de Haas Architects (lead and project architect), with support from Takero Shimazaki Architects

Burwood House South East England
photo © Tom Rothery

The Burwood House consists of two oak-clad volumes that match the Oak trees in the garden directed towards the sea and a large and high lounge space, enclosed by glass, covered with a grass roof that extends the existing garden and rises up to link the volumes.

Burwood House South East England
photo © Tom Rothery

Two furniture elements, which can be sat on inside and outside, covered with recycled bottle glass, lay in the landscape and connect the garden-lounge. Holes in its surface allow furniture on sticks to define the space around it. Pull-out storage boxes on wheels provide seating for up to 24 people and an upstairs living room with views over the sea doubles up as an overflow bedroom.

Burwood House South East England
photo © Tom Rothery

The first floor living room floats above a semi open kitchen along which the stairs goes up to a balcony that links the two volumes. The positioning of the twisted volumes, as well as the rising of the grass roof to cover the low balcony gives the lounge a layered architectural quality which can be experienced as one space, but also as a series of more intimate places and corners.

Burwood House South East England
photo © Tom Rothery

Materials play with the inside – outside theme: the colours in the lounge are dominated by the exposed CLT the house is constructed with to emphasise the colour of the garden, whereas the interiors of the blocks are painted, passage into them marked by oak doors. 

Burwood House South East England
photo © Tom Rothery

Colours
The colours and materials in the lounge are all subdued to match those of the CLT and to let the colours of the garden define the space. The walls and joinery inside the volumes is painted, to emphasise the idea of inside-outside.

Burwood House South East England
photo © Tom Rothery

Sustainability
The house has a fabric first approach to the design with very low U Values and air leakage and used Passivhaus detailing. The glazing orientation and building overhangs promote beneficial solar gains in winter, and manage high solar gains in the summer. A large roof mounted photovoltaic array and electric car charging facilities and an electrical storage battery use renewable energy.

Heat recovery from waste air is used to preheat incoming air during winter. Natural ventilation from high and low level openings and central ‘atrium’ promoting stack ventilation forces during summer.

Burwood House South East England
photo © Tom Rothery

Air source heat pumps are installed for heating and hot water generation. The heat of the log fired stove is used for the heating and hot water generation.

Burwood House South East England Burwood House South East England
photos © Tom Rothery

Construction
The grass roof is supported b7y a ringbeam with thin metal columns

Burwood House South East England Burwood House South East England
photo © Lorna Soar

Burwood House, South East England – Building Information

Architect: Catja de Haas Architects (lead and project architect), with support from Takero Shimazaki Architects
Structural engineer: Stephen Foster, Foster Structures
M&E engineer: Matthew Jared, Jared Engineering
Builder: Lockside LTD
Subcontractors: CLT: Eurban Windows Panoramah
Landscape – Urban Green Artists
CLT: Eurban
Windows: Panoramah

About Catja de Haas
Catja, PhD, RIBA, qualified as an architect at Delft University under Professor Herzberger. She also holds an MA in housing and Urbanism from the Architectural Association in London. Prior to setting up on her own she worked for Itsuko Hasegawa in Tokyo and Alsop Architects in London. Between 2000 and 2005 she ran a practice, Studio CS, with Sabina Riss.

Burwood House South East England
photo © Tom Rothery

Photos: Lorna Soar and Tom Rothery

Burwood House in South East England images / information received 261119

Location: South East England




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