Broombank

Broombank

Architect
SOUP Architects
Project Year
2012
Category
Coasts

Private Houses
Stories By
SOUP Architects

Glazing Vision Europe
Andy Matthews
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Shower, TapVOLA
Ceiling LampFlos
ManufacturersGlazing Vision Europe
ShowerHansgrohe SE
Raindance Select S
ManufacturersModular Lighting Instruments
BricksPetersen Tegl

Product Spec Sheet
Shower, Tap
Ceiling Lamp
Shower
Raindance Select S by Hansgrohe SE
Manufacturers
Bricks

Suffolk House

SOUP Architects as Architects

The proposed works involve major alterations to the existing house. The ambition is to transform the existing property into an energy-efficient, contemporary house re-using as much of the original two-storey structure as possible. After careful mapping of the surrounding garden, it was clear the fall of the topography over the site could be used to embed the dwelling into the landscape, giving the dwelling associated thermal and aesthetic benefits. The garden to the rear of the property is to be retained. In addition, our proposals include for a new 15m long external swimming pool. The ground floor comprises of flexible living spaces opening out to the south-facing garden and four bedrooms. The three bedrooms along the west elevation have direct access to the garden via glazed doors. The first floor comprises of the master bedroom and additional living space set in from the Ground Floor footprint to reduce the visual scale of the house in the landscape. The layout to the existing site entrance and forecourt remain unaltered. The proposed entrance to the house is retained in its original position, adjoining the garage. This location enters you in the centre of the house on an axis with the magnificent oak tree, which sits on the sites south-west perimeter next to the marsh land. The re-introduction of the existing topography on the eastern elevation has created a natural datum between the ground and first floors. Below this datum, we have proposed a heavy, rough, cast concrete finish. This is to emphasise the continuation of the ground created by the datum. Over time, this material will inherit a pleasing natural patina, further blending the house into its landscape. Above the datum the proposed lightweight first floor ʻpavilionʼ has a white smooth render finish. This contrast creates a visual hierarchy, which in turn reduces the visual perception of the bulk and massing. High performance aluminium framed glazing ties together the ground and first floor material palette.

Relationship between nature and architecture

Glazing Vision Europe as Manufacturers

Broombank is a RIBA award winning new build house featuring a bespoke eaves rooflight. Broombank, designed by SOUP architects, is situated on the edge of River Alde in Suffolk.


The balance between nature and architecture


The brief, as stated by SOUP, was to ‘create a relaxed contemporary house within a reconsidered, “natural” landscape that blurred the site boundaries to its neighbours and adjoining marshland’. The location therefore remained a strong focal point throughout the entire project, with each aspect of the build designed to accentuate the stunning views of ‘outstanding natural beauty’. The unfolding relationship between nature and architecture is maintained through the property via the carefully positioned rooflights that allow sunlight to pervade the building


Using rooflights to make the most of natural light


As part of the architects vision to incorporate as much outdoor space as possible, Glazing Vision were delighted to supply a range of bespoke rooflights to make the most of this natural source of light. The central feature Glazing Vision supplied was a Bespoke ‘Eaves’ Flushglaze Rooflight [3650mm x 1685mm]. This was positioned within the stairwell, enabling light to flood into a typically dark, enclosed space using both horizontal and vertical sections of glass. The glass on the central feature rooflight appears to disappear into the building fabric, forming a seamless integration between the glass and building envelope.


Refining the design for better performance


Frameless glass finishes are not always easy to achieve. One of the critical design requirements of glass used in any building project is to resist the loads created by wind pressure and snow, as this can dictate the maximum single pane size permitted before the deflection of the glass exceeds what is considered safe. Glazing Vision calculated the appropriate thickness and type of glass to meet the specified requirements. After initially assessing the unit and the deflection of glass to wind pressure, Glazing Vision felt that there might have been a risk of fracture, due to the sheer size of the horizontal pane. The rooflight therefore had to be considered with a new specification to deliver the appropriate safety requirements. Glazing Vision’s standard glass specification of 6mm toughened glass was increased to 10mm thickness on the horizontal plane in order to minimize deflection. The eaves unit was designed in house at Glazing Vision by one of their experienced cad designers, before being expertly installed to meet the new specification.

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