Paul Cashin Architects - Submits Planning Application for Contemporary Replacement Dwelling
Paul Cashin Architects have been working closely with the clients through several iterations to resolve the final design for Hillcroft, a new build replacement dwelling near Winchester, in Hampshire.
The proposed scheme, which replaces an existing uninhabitable building on site with a new detached contemporary property, will include 3 bedrooms, master suite, open-plan kitchen, living, diner, separate enclosed living space, utility room, WC and an office space situated on a mezzanine level above. Exposed brick, concrete floors, timber walls and the careful composition of views, roof lights and circulation will help to articulate an interesting and considered interior arrangement to the rooms. An open and flexible feel to the communal living spaces draws comparison to the Swedish idea of the ‘allrum’, or family room, and will contrast with the privacy and seclusion of the bedrooms.
The visual impact of the proposal is minimised through the idea of two forms, as opposed to a single, larger mass. The smaller of these is slipped back in plan, making it subservient to the larger, primary form.
The external aesthetics draw influence from Scandinavian styles and the rural architecture of Hampshire. Natural and black stained timber, composite windows, slate tile roofs with overhanging eaves, and dusty grey render-smeared brick walls are proposed. Accents of metal articulate details, such as bespoke gutters that project beyond the building facade. These work to turn the pouring rainwater into a feature to be seen and appreciated.
The finalised scheme has now been submitted to the planning authority to apply for planning permission. In preparation for this, a planning consultant was appointed to produce a report about how the design complies with planning policy. PCA also produced a detailed design & access statement, which explains the proposal within its direct and wider Hampshire context, and an ecologist produced a report about the landscape context of the proposal.
The finished scheme strives to be a considerate, beautiful example of contemporary Hampshire architecture, situated harmoniously within the site, enabling the occupants to enjoy vast and expansive views over the surrounding fields and tumbling Hampshire countryside.