This ingenious house in the trees in England doesn't just adapt around natural obstacles, but also gets around local building regulations. Previous owners had been unsuccessful in obtaining planning permission for the site before the new owners commissioned Millar + Howard Workshop who proposed a clever, Passive House-certified design that floats among the trees.
The house is located on a small plot in Dursley, Gloucestershire, surrounded by trees. After the previous owners failed twice at getting planning permission for a conventional residence, Jon Martin and Noreen Jaafar commissioned Millar + Howard Workshop who have a great track record for coming up with smart design solutions for problematic sites throughout the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The design team came up with a design that won the planners over and embody the owners’ desire to live in a certified Passive house.
“We’re used to incorporating passive house principles however with this build, rather contrarily, the listed trees on the site meant that the steel supports required to reinforce the structure caused a few problems,” said Tomas Millar, co-founder of Millar + Howard Workshop. “We love conundrums so we got out our sketch books and started inventing. Soon we’d resolved the problem on paper and before too long in reality too,” he added.