UK-based Mole Architects completed Stackyard House, an energy efficient cedar-clad home built for a retiring couple in the Suffolk countryside. Clad in an exposed timber structure, the two-story home's boxy frame was inspired by the classical rectories often located at the edge of town. Despite its traditional influences however, the home maintains a contemporary feel thanks to its asymmetric composition as well as the integration of Passivhaus low energy standards.
Split into two levels to negotiate a sloping site, the Stackyard House is set with an in-situ concrete base and wrapped in silvered timber cladding. Asymmetrically arranged windows and solar screens punctuate the exterior and open the house up to natural light and views of surrounding farmland. To meet Passivhaus standards, the compact building is sealed in an airtight envelope with high levels of insulation and is oriented towards the south to mitigate solar gain.
Inside, tall ceilings and a double height atrium create a bright and airy environment. The abundance of natural light that flows through the house and refracts off the light-colored timber walls enhances the spacious feel. In response to the client’s request for a space where they could observe nature, Mole Architects elevated the upper bedroom half a floor higher than the parapet and added a projecting roof to shield the room from the sun. Solar panels as well as a solar water heating system top the roof and reduce the building’s dependence on the grid. Rainwater runoff is also collected for use in the garden.
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