Tarn Moor Residence Hampshire, English Contemporary Housing Development, Modern UK Home Photos
Tarn Moor Residence in Hampshire
9 Aug 2022
Design: Adam Knibb Architects
Location: Hampshire, South of England, UK
Images © Richard Chivers
Tarn Moor Residence, South England
Tarn Moor is an environmentally sustainable family home for a climate scientist. A unique building that capitalises on the fantastic views, which are exaggerated by the butterfly roof that frames the building outlook. This building has utilised a range of sustainable building materials, thermal control and renewable electricity supply.
Tarn Moor was a project derived to reduce carbon energy used in construction. The existing house was reused as over site; new R&D was carried out to determine flexible foundations whilst not using concrete as a material. Set within the Surrey Green Belt a sustainable vision ensured the use of a glulam structure gave a grid but flexible internal zones. Internal finishes were sourced from second hand sites to reuse as much as possible – think ebay kitchen!
This was a project not to use all brand new elements but to prove it is possible to reuse, re-source and reduce impact in construction.
What are the sustainability features?
Tarn Moor demonstrates how an environmentally sustainable home with design flair can be achieved affordably.
In addition to the environmental benefits from the timber structure, the building utilises other sustainable construction materials including the following;
Locally sourced knapped flint; A natural material with minimal manufacturing required.
The locality ensured that the embodied energy is minimised.
Limecrete – A more eco-friendly alternative to concrete as lime requires less energy to produce than cement. Lime also reabsorbed some CO2 as is sets.
Foundations made from compressed aggregate; Negates the need for concrete which is estimated to produce 0.9kg of CO2 for every 1kg produced.
Crushed foam glass – Made from 60% recycled glass, reducing landfill waste. It is also recyclable, non-polluting and does not contain greenhouse gases or ozone depleting products.
The property also utilises sustainable energy sources including the following;
Ground sourced heat pump
What was the brief?
Tarn Moor’s brief was to create an environmentally sustainable 3 bedroom home that utilises the fantastic site location and views.
How is the project unique?
Whilst successfully sticking to a small budget this project has been a trailblazer for environmental sustainability using aggregate foundations, foam glass insulation, locally sourced flint, CLT timber structure and renewable energy resources.
Tarn Moor is a unique contemporary design that sympathetically responds to the surrounding environment, so it creates minimal visual impact, whilst exhibiting a striking design.
The building frame is designed on a grid structure. With an exception to the structural chimney, the internal walls are not load bearing. And therefore there is great future potential for reformatting the interior layout in the future. This future-proofs the property to conform to different needs and desired of subsequent homeowners.
The project demonstrates that re-use and re-cycling is possible. Not everything has to be purchased ‘new’ to look good. A great example is the kitchen which was an eBay purchase and reconfigured to fit. It demonstrates that products have years left within the lifespan so it highlights the issues with of ‘fast-fashion’ to move on before its time.
The unconventional winged roof exhibits an alternative technology for CLT. Tarn Moor demonstrates that glulam is a suitable alternative for a steel beams in atypical buildings as well as buildings that conform to a standard vernacular.
Tarn Moor Residence, Hampshire, UK – Building Information
Architect practice: Adam Knibb Architects – https://www.adamknibbarchitects.com/
Project Budget: GBP 700,000.00
Completion date: 2022
Building levels: 2
Engineer: Eckersley O’Callaghan
Photography © Richard Chivers
Tarn Moor Residence, Hampshire England images / information received 090822
Location: Hampshire, southern England, UK
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