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Split House / Alma-nac

  • 15:00 - 24 September, 2015
Split House / Alma-nac
Split House  / Alma-nac, © Jack Hobhouse
© Jack Hobhouse

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    • Structural Engineers

      Heyne Tillet Steel
    • Project Engineer

      Mark Goodbrand
    • Lighting Design

      Clementine Rodgers
    • Specialist Joinery

      Olly Adams
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    © Jack Hobhouse
    © Jack Hobhouse

    Text description provided by the architects. Split House is a contemporary private house on a coastal hill top in Fairlight, Rother. The client, a couple well engaged with the local community,  wanted to build a through-life house that would engage with the surrounding landscape, with a construction process that would draw from the local trades.

    © Jack Hobhouse
    © Jack Hobhouse

    Informed by the brief for such a sustainable home that would celebrate its hilltop site, Split House is defined by orientating key internal spaces towards one of the series of outstanding surrounding views: a wildflower valley, the immediate coast, the neighbouring village of Pett and the headland of Dungeness.

    Ground Floor Plan
    Ground Floor Plan

    In responding directly towards these views, and sheltering from the prevailing winds, the volume of the building is naturally fragmented. The resulting form provides a clearly delineated public side, facing the adjacent houses and a wind protected private side, open to the wild flower meadow.

    © Jack Hobhouse
    © Jack Hobhouse

    Timetable

    From winning the client led invited competition to submitting for planning approval took 6 months, with construction starting approximately one year later in June 2012. A stringent costing exercise was undertaken during this process, in an effort to reach the client's budgetary target while delivering a fixed area and provision schedule.

    © Jack Hobhouse
    © Jack Hobhouse

    The building is a highly insulated steel super frame with timber infill set over a concrete pool base and slab, a method chosen as being the most efficient in dealing with the large cantilevered form. An external palette of slate, timber and render sits within a landscape framed with gabion walls. Through use of an un-lapped rainscreen cladding system, slate use was reduced by a third.

    © Jack Hobhouse
    © Jack Hobhouse

    Through building form and specific material choices, including the slates and stainless steel clips set alongside deep timber-lined angled reveals, Split House creates an ongoing set of changing shadows and reflections throughout the day.

    © Jack Hobhouse
    © Jack Hobhouse

     Extending this split geometry into the landscape, terminated by the potting shed, creates a soft sense of enclosure, allowing for the provision of a private garden without visually breaking from the neighbouring wildflower meadow. The internal junction of the two forms split levels provides a protected snug. Inclusive design/ through life construction:

    First Floor Plan
    First Floor Plan

    Split House is designed as a future proofed house. Provisions such as an internal lift, wheel chair friendly circulation spaces, flush thresholds, showers with seating space and  WCs with space for future grab rails all serve to ensure the house is accessible and useable by all. 

    © Jack Hobhouse
    © Jack Hobhouse

    Through life flexibility is hidden within the design. A section of the ground floor plan can be simply re-arranged to provide a small residence for a live in carer from the bedroom, bathroom and snug.

    © Jack Hobhouse
    © Jack Hobhouse

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    Cite: "Split House / Alma-nac" 24 Sep 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/773937/split-house-alma-nac/> ISSN 0719-8884

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