Bective Abbey Lodge
Overlooking a ruined abbey, this split level site offers incredible views over the countryside with surplus opportunities.
Entry to the site is at the lower level, however the acreage at this level is compact and surmounted by the natural contours, creating a claustrophic sensation overshadowed by mature trees. The upper level to the site is also compact however has magnificent views out in a southerly direction, and benefits from the suns path with little to no overshadowing. A much better locale for the heart of the dwelling.
To enable the space required for access, cars and turning, the design took form in reducing development to the lower ground whereby a structure houses that of only a garage. Dramatic stairs follow the sites contours which leads to the main dwelling.
Due to the restricted site, it was necessary to overhang the upper block over the lower area, which doubles up as a carport. Not only does this utilise space on the site, it also creates a dramatic architectural language whilst also reducing impact of the earth.
The forms are simple rectilinear boxes, the lower is a mixture of raw exposed concrete retaining walls, meeting a juxtaposition of timber cladding cloaking the garage accommodation. The upper unit is clad in mirror which reflects the sky and the vegetation almost camouflaging the building.
This creates a polished finish, which adds intrigue and fascination prompting questions of what this actually may be.