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Designer Eco-Reserve in the Cotswolds, England

Posted By Cate Trotter On March 22, 2008 @ 12:36 pm In Architecture,Green Building | 6 Comments

Lower Mill Estate, Richard Reid, Will Alsop, Sarah Featherstone, nature reserve, Cotswolds, designer eco-homes [1]

The English Cotswolds [2] are well-known around the world for being a place of picturesque natural beauty, and now this tourist-favorite is about to become home to stunning architectural beauty as well, with the development of Lower Mill Estate, a collection of modern eco-homes. Lower Mill Estate [3] in Gloucestershire, England [4] is a development of luxury waterside eco-homes featuring Britain’s biggest collection of architect-designed modern homes. Custom designs [5] by over 22 architects, including Richard Reid [6], Will Alsop [7] and Sarah Featherstone [8], 48 houses combine with a beautiful natural setting to create a unique living experience that is connected to nature.

The project turned a barren landscape of deserted gravel pits into a 450-acre, seven lake nature reserve offering habitat to rare species such as kingfishers, otters and beavers. Residents enjoy the reserve with outdoor activities like walking, cycling and fishing. An eco-spa, with Britain’s first natural swimming pool cleaned by nothing but plants, provides indulging green leisure activities, as do an organic farm and locally-sourced farm shop, and green space allotments that are serviced by staff when residents are away.

Lower Mill Estate [3] set new standards by being Britain’s first development to introduce ‘compulsory’ green initiatives, such as requiring each house to be equipped with a Planet Switch [9], preventing non-essential appliances from being left in energy-hungry standby mode.

One downside is that the estate is intended to provide second homes, watering down the sustainability and community aspects. However, it’s still an intriguing concept that offers a great vision for well-designed primary homes.

+ Lower Mill Estate [3]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/22/designer-eco-reserve-in-the-cotswolds-england/

[2] The English Cotswolds: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotswolds

[3] Lower Mill Estate: http://www.lmearchitecture.com/

[4] England: http://www.trycards.com/calling-cards/UK

[5] Custom designs: http://co-dependent.co.uk/

[6] Richard Reid: http://www.richardreid.co.uk/

[7] Will Alsop: http://www.alsoparchitects.com/

[8] Sarah Featherstone: http://www.featherstone-associates.co.uk/

[9] Planet Switch: http://www.planetswitch.co.uk/planetswitch.htm

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