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Category: Professional, Residential
Designer(s): Paul Archer, Rob Sterry
Green Orchard is a new 200 sq m carbon neutral detached house designed by Paul Archer
Design. Set within 2,675 sq m of landscaped gardens in the green belt of South
Gloucestershire. The project brief called for a Californian case study house with green
credentials, which would permit seamless outdoor/indoor living whilst delivering a zero
Green Orchard is designed in the round, with all four elevations taking advantage of views
and access to the garden. The house incorporates four bedrooms (two of which have en-suite
facilities), a main bathroom, a workshop space, kitchen, dining and living area. All
living spaces are open-plan to give a greater sense of openness and maximise views and
sunlight. Two external terraces are orientated to catch the sun at different times of the day.
The outer skin of the building is made of bespoke hand-crafted full-height panels, which
are electronically motorised to slide open fully. The panels are highly insulated and
allow the occupants to control and vary the thermal performance of the house to suit
climate. The panels are constructed of locally sourced timber and clad with mirrored
aluminum to reflect the landscape and camouflage the structure in its surroundings.
The house and landscape have been designed with specific intention to reduce the
consumption and requirement for energy: a wood-burning Stuv stove is the only heat source;
water is supplied by a 93 metre bore hole; thermal solar panels on the roof yield heating
for 80% of the houses water; and photovoltaics provide all electric use when taken over
the yearly cycle. A green roof embeds the property into the landscape, filtering out
pollutants from the surrounding air and acts as an effective active insulation, reducing
the requirement for excessive energy production.
Green Orchard, integrates appropriate materials and functional details to create an
innovative and tangible