A glass and steel house that represents a further refinement of the minimalist California-influenced aesthetic.
With an estimated construction cost of £400,000, it is designed to sit lightly on the gentle upland landscape of its south Cambridgeshire edge-of-village location. The rectangular steel-framed single-storey house will ‘hover’ above ground level and will be clad in both transparent and insulated opaque glass, appearing as a floating cube in the surrounding agricultural landscape.
The house will develop the ideas of EllisMiller House and Reyner Banham House in Prickwillow, updated with the materials, demands and knowledge of the 21st century. It will capitalize on advances in eco-technologies by using air source heat pumps, PV cells and passive solar design techniques.
The new high-ceilinged single-storey house will be a home for Jonathan Ellis-Miller and his family (in all three people and a dog) plus guests. It will make maximum use of offsite construction, lean, lightweight materials and low-energy technology.
Unlike many designs for new rural houses, the project received no objections in the planning process and was approved under delegated powers.
The project is currently on-site and due for completion in 2017.