The Outlook Submits For Planning

GHA have recently submitted a detailed planning application for the 'Outlook' and the designs are currently under consideration by Shepway District Council.

Situated upon a hillside in Monks Horton within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the 'Outlook' benefits from far reaching views of the Kent countryside. This replacement dwelling has been inspired by the surrounding chalk quarry, where grass covered terraces have been formed. Terracing the sloping hill to the left, centre, and right of the dwelling forms a seamless amalgamation of nature and architecture, breaking the expanse of grassland.

Having minimal impact on the surrounding landscape was the challenge, which was overcome by splitting the building over two levels. The higher level contains the living, kitchen and dining, whilst the bedrooms and bathrooms sit at the lower level. The meadow landscape flows through the middle of the terraces, with a ha-ha encircling the house in order to stop grazing animals gaining access to the green roofs.

This highly sustainable design utilises meadow grass as the core ‘material,’ whereby living roofs, with a high thermal mass are proposed. Corten steel, a weathering corrosion resistant steel, is planned for the cladding of the external building façade, merging with the surrounding ground. The design is sustainable both in its ecological response to the site and its energy saving performance.

Published on 11 February 2016