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Oxford Architects gain planning approval for Unique Forest House

31 Aug '16

Forest House

Planning has now been approved for a unique, architecturally designed dwelling situated in woodland near Painswick. The distinctive design was created by Oxford architects, William Green Architects, to be both eye-catching and modern, while not encroaching on the beautiful natural habitats surrounding the property.

The proposed house will replace a timber clad construction currently situated on this distinctive wooded site. The bespoke design will feature two parallel elements, allowing good sized living accommodation without the usual mass that accompanies such a large family home, such as wide gables and high eaves.

Both the design and construction of the building have been developed by our team of Oxford architects to ensure a sympathetic approach to the surroundings. This basic shape will be constructed from structural timber, based on a grid system, which will allow the building to be elevated and suspended on timber posts, lightly touching the forest floor and mitigating the need for extensive foundations. The structural timber frame used in construction will be visible in the envelope of the building and will be allowed to weather naturally, providing silver tones, also punctuated by floor to ceiling glazing, drawing the outside in. The building addresses the views across the valley to the south through high-level roof lights that are located within the first-floor circulation, across a double height space.

The northern element of the building shall be of a more solid construction with a natural, coursed, rubble stone finish to the external walls. There is less requirement for openings on this side, due to the site sloping upwards to a north-west boundary wall which the building runs parallel to. This part of the house shall provide the functional/working areas of the dwelling.

The proposed forest house will not only sympathise with the natural surroundings in appearance, it shall also use the best environmentally sustainable and energy saving technologies. This energy efficient dwelling will be eco-friendly to live in and can easily be upgraded time and time again. 

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