Residence in Sussex / Conran & Partners

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Architects: Conran & Partners
Location: East Sussex, United Kingdom
Project Area: 425 sqm
Budget: £1.8million
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jim Stephenson

has designed a highly environmentally responsible, contemporary, family home in the grounds of a former school in East Sussex. The house expresses the strong horizontals found in the walls and hedges of the existing garden whilst built from a palette of high quality, traditional materials. Nestled into the existing trees to the north of the site, the house optimises its orientation with glazed south facing elevations, shaded by large overhangs. The clad first floor takes a linear form, spanning across the lower level from east to west and acts as an acoustic separation between the garden and the noise generated by the nearby A26. Waste from the dig for the site was mounded along the boundary of the road to further improve the noise levels in the garden.

ground floor plan
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The walls are built with the Beco-block insulated wall system, finished with lime render giving high u-values and high thermal mass. Underloor heating is powered by a heat pump connected to a 1000m ground loop laid in the field behind the house.

© Jim Stephenson / clickclickjim

Internally the house is arranged around a double height, grand central entrance hall with a family wing to the east comprising kitchen, dining, utility rooms, and childrens bedrooms, while the west side of the house has the quieter, more formal spaces of, lounge, library and study room with the master bedroom and guest bedroom above.

Cite: "Residence in Sussex / Conran & Partners" 25 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • amonle

    £1.8 million!
    Obviously you are not showing us plans of the multi-level basement

    …. ok, I’m confused by the numbers here
    So you’re saying that there is a 1km ground loop heating system … for this one house … is that really ‘sustainable’?

  • Andrew

    One of the most sustainable things an architect can do is to create houses that will last a long time. This one seems especially so because it’s simple and not over-personalized. It’s easy to see that it will be there for decades, housing generations of families. Nice find.

  • Jay

    This house is so disappointing, especially when compared to other Conran projects such as the Niki Club in Tokyo.

  • liminal

    1.8M and so dull. You have to expect more ingenuity from this design team. I hope it feels better ‘in the flesh’ because I see no joy here.

  • pero

    oh com on, this staff was ok over two decades ago

  • Ralph Kent

    So…. £4,235 per square meter? Wow. It seems there really is one born every minute.

    And if I see another 200 square metre plus family home pertaining to have ‘excellent sustainable credentials’, well, I don’t know what I’ll do, but it’ll probably be insignificant.

    When will architects have the mettle to stand up to clients seeking to offset some of their conspicuous consumption with ‘ground source heat pumps’ and remind them if they really want to be sustainable, its reduce, reuse, recycle, and the most important of those factors is REDUCE?