Hurst House

John Pardey Architects, Ström Architects, Buckinghamshire, 2011

 

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Contemporary house located on the edge of the village of Bourne End in Buckinghamshire

The site forms part of a garden of a substantial house located on the edge of Bourne End in Buckinghamshire, directly fronting an area of open fields that form part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding National Beauty.

A masonry rectangular volume on the ground floor, contains bedrooms, and is slightly sunken into the ground to reduce the height of the building towards the AONB.

A lightweight steel and timber volume at the first floor is set perpendicular to the ground floor volume and contains living, kitchen and dining spaces, as well as the master bedroom suite. It rests on top of the ground floor volume and spans across to a masonry wall that defines the southern edge of the house.

A rectangular service element underneath the first floor sleeve – separated by a clere-storey – defines an entrance lobby with vertical circulation to one side as well as a carport to the other.

This arrangement of space allows for a self-contained bedroom wing for children (teenagers) that opens up to a south-facing courtyard, whilst the first floor volume allows living spaces and master bedroom to make the most of the site with its incredible views of the rolling landscape of the AONB to the west.

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  • Begun: Jan 2010
  • Completed: Jan 2011
  • Floor area: 302m2
  • Sector: House
  • Procurement: Self-build
  • Address: Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

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