33 Meadow Road
Great Gransden, Cambridgeshire
Architecture, Sustainability, Visualisations
33 Meadow Road is a new family house set within the Great Gransden area. Sat on a relatively flat site, the architectural expression of the thatch clad house is a contemporary interpretation of countryside living.
The house has been designed as a two-storey building sunk into the fall of the site to give the impression of only being single storey at the access point and is less visible over the tall hedge against Meadow Road. From the opposite side, the fall of the site allows a two-storey elevation which, coupled with a shallow ‘ shape plan, maximises natural light and heat into the house. The entrance recess gravel/cobble like block paving has been used to compliment the rural/agricultural nature of the context.
The accommodation is arranged over the two storeys, with the bedrooms on the upper floor
facing north to avoid overheating. The lower floor is split level to work with the falls of the site
and reduce the need for excavation. Ancillary spaces and those that do not require natural light
are arranged in the deepest recess of the ‘ whilst the living spaces line the glass fronted elevations that spill out into the landscape.
The intention was to create a building which is sympathetic in form and materials when viewed from the public highway, but incorporates contemporary features on its private, south facing elevations. Design cues of stone, thatch and black weatherboard barns have been taken from materials that dot the surrounding countryside.