Red Bridge House / Smerin Architects

  • 16 Mar 2014
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Architects: Smerin Architects
Location: Ashdown Forest, Uckfield, , UK
Area: 345 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tim Crocker

Quantity Surveyor: AB Associates
Structural Engineer: Lyons O’Neill
Building Services Engineer/Sustainability Consultant: Mendick Waring
Lighting Design: Light Tecnica
Main Contractor: Client self-build
Structural Steelwork: Southern Fabrications
Precast Concrete: Hanson
Carpentry/Timber Cladding: Hammerwood
Roofing: Williams Roofing
Metal Cladding: Brandclad
Glazing: IQ Glass/Ide Contracting
Windows: Windows:
Concrete Flooring: Lazenby
Internal Finishing: Johnson Friel
Garage: Anson Timberworks
Building Services: Enevis
Swimming Pool: Buckingham Pools
Joinery: Joe Mellows Furniture
Kitchen: Kitchen Coordination
Construction Cost House And Garage: £2,500 sqm/£230 sqft
Floor Area Garage: 120 sqm/1,300 sqft

© Tim Crocker

From the architect. In an area of ancient woodland bordering Ashdown Forest in East Sussex the new build house for a private client is set into a hillside overlooking a stream and the Wealden farmland beyond. Arranged over three levels the main living spaces, accessed via a folded steel plate bridge, occupy the middle floor and lead out to a generous verandah hung from and sheltered by the overhanging roof.

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Solid oak stairs machined from timber from the woods and cantilevered from the supporting concrete walls lead either up to the bedroom floor or down to a strip of utility spaces and through to a swimming pool room whose sliding glass wall opens up to the adjoining covered terrace and surrounding meadow.

© Tim Crocker

Internally insitu concrete walls and precast concrete floors are honestly expressed whilst externally glazed areas are set within timber clad elevations on three sides. The fourth side overlooking the entrance driveway is clad in corten steel panels whose oxidised surface echoes the autumnal hue of the trees around and timber cladding adjacent. Although clearly contemporary this palette of materials and the pared back aesthetic used also recalls the honest quality of the agricultural buildings around making the new house a distinctive but appropriate addition to the rural landscape.

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