It’s in the news: I am sure many of you were intrigued to watch the first episode of Grand designs that is following the journey of a number of self-build houses at Graven Hill in Bicester. Fascinating stuff and a really interesting development concept.
Thinking Buildings have their own self-build project at Graven Hill which is due to start in early May. The new house fits on a tight and narrow site within the Graven Hill masterplan with houses located either side. The design has an elegant and polite urban appearance to the street with tall and vertically proportioned windows. The upper section of the building is clad in zinc and set back from the main rendered facade to provide relief and a softening of scale. At the entrance the corner of the building has been removed to create a dramatic covered area.
To the rear, a zinc clad box surrounds a balcony to a double height living space. Internally, the most has been made of the tight footprint and deep narrow plan, and a real generosity is provided by manipulating the vertical axis using a stepped floor plan with the rooms at the front of house having 3m high ceilings.
The building is currently being built in a factory using timber framed off site manufacturing. More to follow as this exciting build arrives on site.