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Red Bridge House / Smerin Architects

  • 01:00 - 16 March, 2014
Red Bridge House / Smerin Architects
Red Bridge House / Smerin Architects, © Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ashdown Forest, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22, UK
  • Area

    345.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker +23

  • 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
© 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.

© Tim Crocker
© Tim Crocker

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
© 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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