9.10.2014

106 Prince Edwards Road, in East Sussex

Peter and Louise Wingate-Saul appointed BBM Sustainable Design to design their new low energy family home, an area we specialise in and we took real pleasure in working with clients who have a keen interest in architecture, cutting edge design and the ambition to implement new technologies.

The contemporary new-build house replaces a subsidence-ridden dilapidated bungalow which previously stood on the site. In addition to low energy performance the house also had to work aesthetically within a tricky suburban context of unusually high prominence within the historic town of Lewes in East Sussex.

The new dwelling is wrapped in cedar gap boarding on the West, South and East elevations, with the North elevation and North-facing pitch clad in dark rivened slate. Our intention was to create a home that made best use of the steep topography of the southfacing site, while creating an affordable low carbon contemporary home for a family of an unusually long south-facing view across neighbouring gardens. The southern aspect also allowed us to exploit useful solar gain whilst creating sheltered environments as well as links with the landscape.

The site, at the west end of Prince Edward!s Road in Lewes, is surrounded by houses which illustrate several decades of response and reaction to ecological and environmental design either as recent new builds or refurbishments. 106 Prince Edward!s Road endeavours to advance low energy performance whilst making these technologies more integrated within its architecture and response to context. This is most obviously demonstrated by the roof system of photovoltaic and solar thermal panels and roof lights and the expanses of carefully designed passive solar glazing and shading of the south elevation.

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