Ultra-contemporary sustainable home built in traditional green belt area
White Lodge is a modern, private house that broke the mould in the classically English council of Tandridge. Despite long-standing council guidelines, enforcing traditional, pitched roof house forms, DyerGrimes Architects received planning permission to move forward with the daring design. The clients purchased a ramshackled, 1960’s bungalow with the dream of demolishing the existing building to create their own unique, ultra-contemporary, sustainable home.
Successful in the rigorous planning process, DyerGrimes Architects delivered their design for the 480 sq m house within a year, combining a hardwood timber cladding and an abundance of high performance glazing to create a seamlessly daring structure. The glazed ground floor living space enables the occupants to take pleasure in the surrounding Surrey Downs landscape, whilst the first floor appears to float gently overhead - an effect accentuated by the large cantilever over the swimming pool.
The flexible open plan design and layout of the internal spaces, responds directly to the client's vision of not only creating a perfect family home, but a home where they could easily entertain. Much to the client's satisfaction, White Lodge has garnered great interest from several leading agencies as a superior filming location.
Great emphasis was placed on constructing White Lodge in an eco-sustainable way. The advanced insulated cladding system, highly insulated roof and floor construction, along with the high performance glazing creates a thermally efficient envelope. The building structure is designed to use the minimum amount of steel, resulting in a hybrid system that combines prefabricated concrete planks, blockwork and sustainably sourced timber. An impressive 15 percent of the energy required by the house is generated through renewable energy sources, with solar hot water collectors on the roof and an air source heat pump, which circulates warmth around the entire house.