The House at Givons Grove is located on an elevated south-facing chalk slope, with far reaching views down the Mole Valley. We were chosen by the client from a RIBA shortlist.
The brief was for a multi-generational, five bedroom house to replace an existing bungalow owned by the client’s family. There was a specific requirement for a self-contained flat for a grandparent to be incorporated into the main house. The location within the green belt placed a series of constraints on the design, including limits on height and overall floor area.
The long, low form is designed to maximise the frontage with south facing views, while the grandparent’s flat is articulated as a cranked element expressed as a white box. The main entrance is located at the point where the main house and flat meet.
In plan, the principal rooms are orientated south towards the views with secondary rooms to the north. In section, the shallow roof pitch is expressed internally as sloping soffits to bedrooms. The materials are designed to reflect the chalky nature of the site with off-white render on a brick plinth and a zinc roof.
Energy saving measures include photovoltaic panels, high levels of insulation and solar gain in winter through the use of large areas of shaded glazing on the southern elevation. The house uses an energy efficient whole house ventilation system.