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Bluebell Cottage is a large detached private home that is situated in Crawley, near Winchester. The completed pool-house was aimed to be discrete nature, is of minimal impact and provides fun/enjoyment for the family.
Sited with its ‘back’ to woodland, the folded rectangular form frames views across the garden/fields and integrates with the landscape to provide a usable.
From the outset the design looked to link movement from public areas through to private areas in the form of designed elements that form visual barriers rather than physical blockades.
Taking influence from the surrounding woodlands the design looks to use timber in its construction through various forms. The brief needed to satisfy the clients desire for a self-build project and implied a necessity for the design to allow for simplified building processes; emphasised by a pre-fabricated timber structure. The timber CLT panels were manufactured in Austria and delivered in a single load flat packed to site, taking 2 days for the structure to be erected and installed.
With the main structure installed, working from the exterior to interior, the sedum grass roof was applied followed by the vertical oak cladding and so forth. Oak was specified for the external appear of the building and decking to not only tie back to the theory of the surrounding trees but to also provide a continually changing façade.