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Shelford, Cambridgeshire

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Personal Projects


Architecture, Landscape, Conservation, Planning, Sustainability, Visualisation

Project Information:

PiP were approached to design a five bed dwelling in a neo-Georgian style, making reference to the historic buildings found in the surrounding conservation area.

The building is made up of two intersecting volumes. The first of which is a 2.5 storey volume made up of two living wings that flank a central circulation space - home to a dramatic triple height void. As one enters the building they are afforded views through the building to an existing feature tree that sits proudly within the rear garden. As one moves further in they are greeted by an elegantly crafted staircase that connects to the upper floors. This vertical circulation is top lit by a generous sky lantern further connecting the user to the outside realm; establishing an in-between character within the central circulation space.

The second volume is a contemporary side and rear extension, that occupies a large open plan living and dining space as well as ancillary functions such as the utility and boots room. This open plan living and dining space is fronted by floor-to-ceiling glazing that wraps the corner of the extension, further opening the house out to the garden as well as affording the opportunity to capture desirable afternoon sun within this ground floor living space. This quality is emphasised by a sculptural roof with daylight chimneys, together diffusing natural light to create calm environment below.

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