Our main priority is helping clients make great architecture that serves their needs and responds in a vital way to its context and cultural surroundings. In order to do this and to further the studios own knowledge base we invest in a wide programme of research which enables us to be inventive and to find new and sometimes unexpected solutions to the problems that we are posed.
We work in collaboration with like-minded consultants in order to further our thinking and skill level and since our inception, we have always looked to develope concepts grounded by good research that have a light touch on the planet, are low in carbon and energy-use. We look to our research to help us and our clients mitigate the impact of climate change.
19 KW is a remodelling and extension of a family dwelling in Poole, Dorset for an Environmental Consultant and their growing family . The brief called for an increase in the ground floor family living areas, better utilisation of the external spaces and an improvement of the homes environmental measures.
For WR-AP this commission was not only about increasing the size and amount of accommodation but more importantly about providing the family with innovative and integrated environmental solutions to meet the brief requirement of creating an energy conservation conscious home.
The energy saving measures incorporated into the design include recladding the whole property in new insulation and decorative finish, capturing rainwater for re-use, green roof, highly efficient window systems and orientating the new additions to best maximise the use of passive ventilation methods.
The new extension layout has been carefully designed to maximise natural light internally and also to improve external connections with the lower and upper gardens. The remodelling of the ground floor accommodation incorporates a new open plan family/kitchen area, alongside a small study/music area, all allowing for a better visual connection to the garden area.
Planning approval was obtained in early 2020 and the project is currently being procured for construction with expected completion in mid 2021.