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Field House sits on a south-facing hill overlooking the village of Littlehempston just outside Totnes. The site was previously occupied by a 1950's bungalow and several concrete outbuildings. We received full planning permission in 2013 and were able to justify the creation of a larger dwelling by positioning the building on a slightly lower and more secluded part of the site. The house is one-and-a-half storeys to eaves level with living spaces below and bedrooms above. The L shaped plan defines a south-facing terrace and provides shelter from the easterly winds.

 

 

 

 

 

Selected projects

 

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction

 

Field House is almost entirely constructed from wood. It is clad in cedar on the outside and formed internally from Cross Laminated Timber - giant, solid wood panels 100 or 140mm thick which are cut in a factory in Austria and craned into place on site by a specialist team, in our case over a period of four weeks. The wood is generally left exposed internally giving the building a warmth and solidity which is hard to achieve with other forms of construction. CLT is one of the few materials (other than in-situ concrete) which can be used monolithically - walls can seamlessly flow into floors or become items of furniture such as desks or benches. It is a wonderful material to work with but there are particular challenges associated with its design and procurement. If you are planning a CLT build, having been through the whole process as both client and architect, we are well-placed to offer specialist advice.

 

 

 

 

 

Environment

 

Timber is the only truly renewable construction material with the lowest energy consumption of any form of building across its lifecycle. The use of timber, and CLT in particular due to its high mass, reduces CO2 because trees act as a carbon ‘sink’, removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

 

The house is designed using the Passive House principles of air-tightness and high levels of insulation. Air-tightness is relatively easy to achieve using CLT as the large-format panels can be taped externally at junctions. Fresh air is brought in to the building using Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR), another Passive House technology. Hot water is provided by an air-source heat pump situated some 60m away from the house.

 

 

 

FIELD STUDIO OFFICE

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FIELD HOUSE

Credits

 

Architect/client - Field Studio Architects

Specialist timber structural design and construction (CLT) - Eurban Ltd

Substructure and drainage design - Paul Carpenter Associates

Quantity Surveyor - Carr Consulting Ltd

Main Contractor - Alec Hoare and Son Ltd

Mechanical and Electrical Installation - EcoNRG Ltd

Landscape Design - Redleaf

Photographs - James Risebero

 

Selected suppliers

 

Windows - Velfac

Sliding Doors - Internorm

Rooflights - The Rooflight Company

MVHR - Lindab

 

 

The new Field Studio office is also constructed from Cross Laminated Timber. It is clad in a combination of black-stained timber and dark grey steel standing seam roofing. The mono-pitched roof and muted colour scheme give it an unassuming profile when viewed against the dark outline of the pine trees on the edge of the field. It is cut into the landscape using a retaining wall of galvanized steel and oak sleepers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Credits

 

Architect/client - Field Studio Architects

Specialist timber structural design and construction (CLT) - Eurban Ltd

Substructure and drainage design - Paul Carpenter Associates

Quantity Surveyor - Carr Consulting Ltd

Main Contractor - Alec Hoare and Son Ltd

Mechanical and Electrical Installation - EcoNRG Ltd

Landscape Design - Redleaf

Photographs - James Risebero

 

Selected suppliers

 

Windows - Velfac

Standing seam roofing - Tata Steel