Madingley Road

Mole Architects, Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects, Cambridge, 2011


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  • Location plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • North Gatehouse elevation    
  • North Elevation    
  • East Elevation with existing house    
  • East elevation    
  • South elevation    
  • West elevation    
  • Section one    
  • Section two    
  • Section three    
  • Garden view    
  • Green roof construction details    

Single storey dwelling, located in a conservation area, with a focus on sustainability,

Positioned behind an existing property the new standalone house is accessed through a ‘gatehouse’ extension to the existing building, that also provides a garage.

L-shaped in plan, the house is designed around a number of existing trees, which are protected by a tree preservation order.

A single south-facing corridor provides circulation to all rooms leading from the entrance, occasionally opening up into full depth rooms such as the kitchen/dinner and the living room.

The timber-framed structure is interspersed with a series of small thermally sound brick spaces positioned between larger rooms to make the building thermally stable. Glulam beams support the roof span between these smaller rooms to give the building a central spine, increasing its stability and allowing the east wing to carry a green sedum roof.

The building has been constructed with high U-values, high levels of air tightness and breathing walls insulated with cotton and hemp. Externally the house is clad in a mixture of timber and ‘green walls’.


  • Begun: Aug 2008
  • Completed: Feb 2011
  • Floor area: 230m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £675,000
  • Procurement: IFC 2005
  • CO2 Emissions: 11.6kg/m2/year
  • Address: 27 Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 OEG, United Kingdom

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