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Wine Barrel-Inspired Downley House in England is Built from a Former House’s Ruins

Posted By Ana Lisa On March 19, 2012 @ 12:09 pm In Architecture,energy efficiency,Environment,Green Materials,Innovation | No Comments

Architecture, energy efficiency, Green Materials, green roof designs, Renewable Energy , Downley House, Birds Portchmouth Russum Architect, South Downs, England, Hampshire, natural materials, locally sourced materials, old ruins

Set in an idyllic landscape of gorgeous national parks, Downley House was erected using the ruins [1] of an old stoned-house. The client wanted a relaxing yet playful environment with good use of natural textures and locally sourced materials. Organic shapes and natural local materials like Purbeck Stone, Wealden Sandstone [2] and oak cladding can be enjoyed from the inside and outside of the property.

The internal circulation flows along the walls through the stairs, with a view to the old stony wall that could be enjoyed from the dinning area. The curved barrel vault was made from a low-carbon Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) [3], covered with energy-saving insulation and beautiful standing wooden best seen from the inside. Downley House gets its underground heating thanks to a pump located beneath the wild flower meadow [4] and green roofs welcome local wildlife while helping it blending with the gorgeous natural surroundings.

+ Birds Portchmouth Russum Architect [5]

Via World Architecture News [6]

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[1] ruins: http://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-underground-museum-hidden-below-buenos-aires-government-house/

[2] Wealden Sandstone: http://www.sandrock.org.uk/Climbingpages/Sandstone/sandstoneindex.htm

[3] Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT): http://www.timber.net.au/index.php/cross-laminated-timber.html

[4] wild flower meadow: http://inhabitat.com/the-muse-bere-architects-paradisiacal-london-home-has-four-roof-gardens-forty-trees-ponds-and-meadows/

[5] + Birds Portchmouth Russum Architect: http://www.birdsportchmouthrussum.com/bpr/projects.html

[6] World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=19350

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