Scandinavian simplicity combines with English history

Kerry Boettcher
Monday 15 Jun 2015

C.F. Møller Architects have recently submitted planning permission for two residential developments in Waddesdon, Buckinhamshire for the Rothschild Foundation.

In response to the ambitious brief from the Rothschild Foundation, C.F. Møller’s proposal creates an organic extension to the village that offers a variety of high-quality sustainable homes. Waddesdon is a village community steeped in history, with connections to the Rothschild family dating back to the 19th century. At the centre of the village sits the original stately home of the Rothschild family, Waddesdon Manor. Lord Rothschild and the Rothschild Foundation have been patrons of contemporary art and architecture for many years.

The main aim of the development was to create an attractive and pleasant environment for residents and neighbours, which offers contemporary and sustainable living, but which blends seamlessly with the village location and existing historical buildings. Each individual home benefits from far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside, and generously proportioned double aspect rooms with good daylight that open up to a variety of options. 

The design proposal, which spans two interlinked sites, centres around shared groves of coppiced woodland and floral meadow grassland that provide links between gardens, existing trees and views over the fields beyond. 

The hallmark C.F. Møller simplicity and practicality is evident, however, the design also reflects the unique character of the site and the brief. The quality of the craftsmanship of the homes reflects that found in the local historic buildings. The 65 houses and 10 apartments all share a distinctive roof profile and dormer windows to give an identity within the village and the façade materials of clay tile and timber have been selected to age gracefully with minimal maintenance over an extended design life. 

Sustainability is also a top priority, with the approach targeting a 20% carbon reduction improvement on current building regulations, without the need for ‘bolt on technologies’ such as solar panels. 

Kerry Boettcher

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