Walls turned sideways are bridges.
Angela Y Davis
Cheshire, United Kingdom
Howey Lane is a two-bed mid terrace period property that lies in Congleton: a town and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. Our clients – an accountant and music teacher - wanted to install a more generous, almost uninterrupted kitchen with a limited palette of materials and colours: timber, blue and white. Walls Can Be More took this idea of open-plan living to an extreme with the design of a generously proportioned "pavilion" that not only permits natural light to permeate the home but also creates a level of transparency that allows the garden and skies to become an integral part of the home itself.
Residential, Remodelling, Private House
Transform Two Rooms
1 Passive Solar Lighting
A collection of low-carbon building design concepts that harvest the free energy of the sun in order to permeate and invigorate internal space as well as reduce or eliminate our consumption of environmentally destructive fossil fuels.
A south-facing roof with fixed skylight modules provides - throughout the day - natural overhead lighting to the kitchen as well as illumination deep into parts of the house starved of natural light.
A curtain wall system and awning window installed along the east and south façade source light from alternate directions takes best advantage of sunlight at different times of the day as well as enhancing the light quality overall.
1.4 Internal Reflectances
The application of a subtle colour range of classic neutral colours: soft white trowel-on coating for the walls and ceiling and silvery grey porcelain brings out the best of the natural light falling through the windows.
1.5 Shading Devices
Voile panels that pull back from the south-facing curtain wall offer privacy as well as gently diffuse any overbearing impact of the sun without obscuring natural light filtering in. A “living curtain” of creepers located above the awning window acts as a natural blind as well as generate evocative patterns that alter with the direction and level of the sun.
1.6 Artificial Lighting
To maximize the efficiency and quality of the electrical lighting system, technologically based strategies include the selection of energy efficient LED’s that uses up to 90% less energy than traditional sources; luminaires [wall washers and angled spotlights] that use the walls and ceilings as large reflectors that generate a mood of expansiveness and dimmable lighting controls.
2 Passive Solar Heating
In simple terms, passive solar heating is a low carbon building concept in which windows, walls and floors are utilised to collect, store, reflect and distribute solar gain – natural heating provided by the sun – in order to heat the home in winter and thus reduce or eliminate the consumption of environmentally destructive fossil fuels.
2.2 Direct gain
During the heating season [i.e. winter] the same south-facing curtain wall, roof glazing and window that provides the interior with natural overhead and side lighting also collect solar energy in the form of heat.
2.3 Thermal Storage
The application of high mass materials: cast-in-place concrete floor slab and ceramic tiles for the floor and trowel-on plaster over masonry walls near the south-facing glazing allows for the sun’s energy to be absorbed and released throughout the evening and night.
2.4 Heating Technologies
The kitchen floor comprises of a cast-in-place concrete floor slab, 20mm heating insulation board and a underfloor floor heating and uncoupling membrane to creats an efficient yet aesthetically pleasing heating solution.
3 Fabric First
The “fabric first” approach is a low carbon building design solution that maximises the thermal performance of the homes components – windows, walls, floors and ceilings – in order to reduce the loss of natural heating provided by the sun and thus reduce our dependence on environmentally destructive fossil fuels.
The solid timber and aluminium curtain wall façade and roof glazing system as well as the windows and doors meet the highest requirements for passive house standards: the world’s leading standard in energy efficient construction.
The south-façade of solid brick comprises of 50mm thermal laminate plasterboard finished with a soft-white trowel on plaster coating and a precise 12.5mm shadow gap [where applicable]. The floor comprises of a cast-in-place concrete floor slab, 20mm heating insulation board finished with cement effect ceramic tiles. The ceiling comprises a 31.5mm thermal laminate board finished with a soft-white trowel on plaster coating.
4 Biophilic Design
4.1 Visual Connection with Nature
that can reduce stress through lower blood pressure and heart rate; increase positive emotional functioning, improve concentration and recovery rates as well as improve attitude and overall happiness.
4.2 Non-Visual Connection with Nature
e.g. herbs and flowers, birdsong, weather, breezes that can accelerate physiological and psychological restoration, reduce cognitive fatigue and help motivation.
4.3 Thermal and Airflow Variability
i.e. sensory variations in light, sound and temperature can improve concentration.
4.4 Presence of Water
e.g. visual access to rainfall and water features can elicit a higher restorative response, improve self esteem and mood as well as reduce stress.
4.5 Dynamic and Diffuse Light
e.g. direct sunlight, moonlight and starlight can increase productivity, induce positive moods and impact the circadian system functioning.
4.6 Connection with Natural Systems
i.e. climate and weather patterns, stars and constellations can elicit an experience that is often relaxing, nostalgic, profound or enlightening, and frequently anticipated.
4.7 Material Connection with Nature
e.g. natural wood grain, stone and natural colours such as green can decrease diastolic blood pressure, increase in pulse rate and decrease in brain activity.
WALLS CAN BE MORE
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