Ham Farm Road,
Richmond, London

A new-build low-energy home for a young family whose mother is a lifetime wheelchair user.

The design brings a richly planted space to the heart of the home, forming a partially enclosed courtyard around which the principle living spaces are wrapped. This connection to nature is reinforced with extensive new landscaping schemes to the front and rear gardens and a green roof.

The modest building will have a super insulated thermal envelope with an air source heat pump and solar panel array providing renewable energy sources. The dual aspect plan supports passive cross-ventilation. These strategies result in regulated CO2 emissions for the dwelling being reduced by over 91% beyond minimum building regulations standards (UK).

Dark hues and textures, with crafted detailing, underline an elegant language of materiality ensuring the essence of the site’s mid-century heritage is retained. An all timber structure with exposed internal soffits and external timber cladding is proposed for an ultra low carbon footprint.

Location: London Borough of Richmond

CGI: Secchi Smith