High Street – Orwell
This ‘upside down’ house takes advantage of it’s hillside position to maximise views over the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire countryside. Living, kitchen and dining accommodation is found on the first floor, with bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor which is set into the hillside. One of these bedrooms was experiencing some significant damp issues, so the brief for this project was therefore to the adjacent hillside, investigate the cause of damp (which was in fact a rudimentary soakaway) and provide a small extension cut into the terrain.
The submerged nature of this project required overcoming some significant technical issues and was resulted in a bunker-like form with a curved zinc standing seam roof and cedar cladding. A large skylight in the curved roof helps to bring in natural light to the deepest, darkest corner part of this house.
Main Contractor: Horrell Constructions
Structural Engineer: Cambridge Architectural Research