On the picturesque banks of Hollingworth Lake, near Littleborough, stands a testament to modern architecture. Constructed around a series of sustainable considerations aimed to minimise the home’s ecological impact, the house has been created with nautical aesthetics in mind to tie it in with its locale, which is home to several local rowing and sailing clubs.
Beyond the home’s sustainable credentials, its exterior has been designed to grip the attention of passers-by with the irregular angles found between the profiles of both the walls and roof. The exterior timber columns and the acute angle of the roof have afforded the architects the ability to install a triangular balcony, the hypotenuse of which runs perpendicular with the roof.
With energy conservation in mind, the home has been designed as a passive solar house, which includes utilisation of an air source heat pump to fuel the under-floor heating alongside LED lighting and sustainably sourced glu-lam timber columns, which enable the walls to be constructed independently reducing build time and limiting wastage.
A noticeable feature of the property’s exterior is its creative use of Wienerberger’s Loxley Red Multi bricks, which envelop the insulated concrete formwork system employed as the mainstay of the wall’s load bearing capacity and thermal efficiency. The soft red patina of the brick cladding, when offset against the grey roof and balcony edging, cogently ties the building with its surroundings whilst the subtle variation between each brick makes the work interesting in its own right.
The house now stands as a local landmark, which has come to divide opinion to both extremes and has opened the local debate on the direction modern architecture is taking.
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