Contemporary House, South Downs National Park

Thinking Buildings have undertaken a number of projects located within National Parks, one of the most challenging environments for designing new buildings. These extremely sensitive projects require a landscape led approach from the outset and the development of a clear design concept to successfully blend the new house with the special qualities of the site and surrounding landscape. 

This exciting contemporary house is within the South Downs National Park. With the support of DSA landscapes, Thinking Buildings has developed the design to sensitively integrate the new building into the sloping site. The fragmented roof line gently rises and falls to echo the undulating landscape that forms the backdrop to the site and a mixture of timber cladding and core-ten steel cladding provides warmth and tone to compliment the overall design. The design is purposely non domestic in its architecture, using materials that recede and blend with the brown earthy tones of the surrounding landscape. 

The interior of the new house has been configured to provide wonderful views of the landscape. The accommodation includes 5 bedrooms, open plan living area, sitting room. A semi basement provides a home gym and swimming pool with stunning views to the east. 

This stunning low energy house demonstrates how contemporary design can provide contrast whilst also complementing the surrounding landscape.

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