Ode to a willow tree – Architects create arboreal home in the Cotswolds
Cotswold architect, coombes:everitt, has secured planning permission for a new 4,500 ft contemporary home in Cowley, Gloucestershire. The new home will replace a poorly situated 1960s bungalow. Inspired by the weeping willow tree within its grounds, the aptly named Willow house has an 80-foot curved wall which wraps the house around the tree and its surroundings.
The beautiful home, neatly blends contemporary design with traditional materials. The curved building will benefit from open plan living spaces, large expanses of glass to take in the views and will be faced in locally sourced Cotswold stone.
John Everitt, Director, coombes:everitt architects commented on the new home:
“A lot of people often want to remove trees in order to improve the position of their new home or view, but this house takes its inspiration from the willow tree which will become a centre piece for the new five bedroom dwelling”
“The original bungalow sat on a two metre plinth above the drive, poorly positioned it didn’t take advantage of the wonderful views of Cowley and the surrounding area. Our design nestles the house into the hill, gently stepping up to respond better to the contours and topography of the site.”
But it’s appreciation of the environment doesn’t stop there and Willow house has many sustainable design credentials.
John added “Not only is the house considerate of its environment but it is very energy efficient and it will be one of the most sustainable houses within the area. The house will have a green roof, solar heated hot water and mechanical heat recovery, which reduces heat loss and provides the family with clean fresh air. The house is also super insulated and will be constructed using insulated concrete.