Situated in the Cotswolds and designated 'Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty' this new house in Charlbury was approved at
the West Oxfordshire Uplands Planning Subcommittee meeting.
Extensive pre-application discussions took place with WODC prior
to the application being submitted. The awkward shaped sloping
plot and dominance of a 150 year old oak tree posed interesting
challenges in the initial design stages. The tree was to be respected
and the resulting form of the dwelling is a direct response to the
shape and topography of the plot.
The lower entrance level cuts into the bank and supports a second
level only at the higher part of the site. Two building elements are
separated from each other and have mono-pitched roofs following
the slope of the terrain. Each structure follows the orientation of the nearest boundary and is then linked by a single storey flat roofed
entrance hall. The hall also functions as a transition between the two
angled mono-pitched structures and is timber clad and largely glazed
to distinguish it from the heavier natural stone structures.