To design two new dwellings within the existing grounds of a family run farm, the design would sit sympathetically within its greenbelt surrounding and have a contemporary appearance.
./SSD were asked to design two new family homes within greenbelt farmland located on the outskirts of Leeds. Our clients provided a detailed brief of their requirements and with this information and a study of the land allocated for the dwellings, the ./SSD designers began a feasibility design.
In creating a feasibility package, the team were able to start discussions with the local planning authority for guidance on the characteristics, style and appearance for a new dwelling within greenbelt, access and highways advice, and suggestions on minimising the impact on the surrounding landscape.
In accordance with this advice and the design brief the ./SSD team were able to create a contemporary courtyard design. The two dwellings were similar in size and materiality.
The street view of the properties consisted of a mostly stone façade with minimum windows to give the appearance of traditional barn construction. As the dwellings to the rear were not overlooked, a more contemporary design approach was taken with mostly glazed elevations.
This provided views over the rural landscape and lots of natural light to each property. The team also considered sustainable aspects of design with ground source heating, concrete construction for thermal efficiency and water storage systems.
The landscape design created played a huge part in adding sustainable and vernacular characteristics through considered planting schemes, rainwater gardens and materiality.