The Hidden House, Surrey Hills AONB

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The Hidden House

Surrey Hills AONB Residential Development, South East England, UK – by AR Design Studio

19 Dec 2016

The Hidden House in Surrey Hills AONB

Architect: AR Design Studio

Location: Surrey Hills AONB, South East England

AR Design Studio receives planning permission for The Hidden House

Hidden House, Surrey Hills AONB

AR Design Studio is delighted to announce the recent planning approval for its latest project, The Hidden House.

Situated in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Hidden House is a four bedroom home that has been fastidiously engineered to sit seamlessly within its stunning surroundings. Set on a disused riding school that was once a scar upon the countryside, the house has been designed to complete the landscape. The house’s geometry was informed by the North Downs’ geological arrangements. By embracing the erosion patterns of the area, the form was sculpted to become a continuation of the hill in which it sits. Taking further measures to blend the house in to the landscape, the project form uses ‘Dazzle Camouflage’, a tactic employed by ships during the First World War to deceive the eye and create illusions that help break up the solid mass.

Hidden House, Surrey Hills AONB

Four board-marked concrete ‘pods’ create the solid walls of the house. These were orientated, based upon the respective view, and then manipulated to respond to the requirements of the users. The first and largest pod houses the sleeping quarters and the second provides utility and storage spaces. The third locates a large kitchen and dining space, with the fourth providing the snug and the swimming pool facilities. Set within the ‘anti-spaces’ between the pods are the living and relaxing areas, all commanding incredible views across the Surrey Hills. The resulting arrangement forms a series of open and closed zones which create exciting moments within the house.

Hidden House, Surrey Hills AONB

The dominant and undulating roof, clad in the same timber used to form the concrete, ties the pods together whilst two sculptural apertures in the roof bring light to the series of external courtyard spaces that are located at the rear of the house. Designed as secluded and intimate spaces, the courtyards will provide an irregular series of sheltered zones that will contrast with the open nature of the terraces to the front.

Hidden House, Surrey Hills AONB

The southern façade is a broken arrangement of timber and glazing. Wanting to minimise the impact of any reflection, the roof was pulled forward to cast the glass in shade.

The Hidden House is due for construction in summer 2017- AR Design Studio welcomes any enquiries for potential contractors.

Hidden House, Surrey Hills AONB

The Hidden House, Surrey Hills AONB – Building Information

Visuals: AR Design Studio
Sketches: Mike Ibbotson – Ibbotson Studios
Size: GIA 500m2

AR Design Studio is a RIBA chartered architects practice, based in Winchester, Hampshire, specialising in elegant and imaginative contemporary new homes, extensions, renovations and mulitplot developments. AR Design Studio’s architectural expertise and flair has been recognised by winning a number of prestigious industry awards including the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2012 Regional Award, Civic Trust Award, Daily Telegraph Small House of the Year Award 2014 and were shortlisted for BD House Architect of the Year 2014. With a comprehensive knowledge of planning, AR Design Studio has built a stunning portfolio of completed residential projects. It is a specialist designer of waterfront homes.

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