• "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"

    - Benjamin Franklin

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    - Bill McKibben

  • "If you really think the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money"

    - Dr. Guy McPherson

  • "Most of us are aware that scientists say climate change is underway, but even if we accept it as true we act as if it had no implications"

    - Prof Naomi Oreskes

  • "The Earth was much warmer than today in the early Cenozoic period. It was so warm that there were no ice sheets on the planet and sea level was about 75 meters higher"

    - Prof James Hansen

  • "The human-made rate of change of atmospheric Co2 is ten thousand times larger than the natural rate that drove the climate changes of the past"

    - Prof James Hansen

  • "If we could catch one five thousandth part of the energy that the sun sprays onto this globe every day we would meet all of the energy requirements of humanity"

    - Sir David Attenborough, 2015

  • "I'd put money on the sun and solar energy, what a source of power. I hope we wont have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that"

    - Thomas Edison, 1931

  • "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek"

    - Barak Obama

  • "The warnings about global warming have been extremely clear for a long time. We are facing a global climate crisis. It is deepening and we are entering a period of consequences"

    - Al Gore, 2006

  • "We shall need a new way of thinking if humanity is to survive"

    - Albert Einstein, 1954

  • "Admit nothing into your home that is neither useful nor beautiful."

    - William Morris

  • "Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and eat and sleep with the earth."

    - Walt Whitman

  • "Water is good; it benefits all things and does not compete with them. It dwells in lowly places that all disdain. That is why it is so near to Tao"

    - Lao Tzu

  • "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art"

    - Frank Lloyd Wright

  • "The truth of a vessel lies not in that of which it is made; it lies in the space contained within"

    - Lao Tze

  • "Study Nature, Love Nature, stay close to Nature. It will never fail you."

    - Frank Lloyd Wright

  • "That which is boundless in you abides in the mansion of the sky, whose door is the morning mist, and whose windows are the songs and the silences of the night"

    - Kahlil Gibran

  • "Your house is your larger body. It grows in the sun and sleeps in the stillness of the night; yet it is not dreamless. Does not your house dream? And dreaming, leave the city for grove or hilltop?"

    - Kahlil Gibran

  • "Build of your imaginings a bower in the wilderness ere you build a house within the city walls."

    - Kahlil Gibran

  • "Would that I could gather your houses into my hand, and like a sower scatter them in forest and meadow."

    - Kahlil Gibran

  • "Would the valleys were your streets, and the green paths your alleys, that you might seek one another through vinyards, and come with the fragrance of the earth in your garments."

    - Kahlil Gibran

  • "After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these fully satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains?’ Nature remains"

    - Walt Whitman

  • "Everything in the world may be endured except continued prosperity."

    - Wolfgang von Goethe

Gambles Residence

Wiltshire, UK


About This Project

A newbuild single aspect residence on a very small sloping site in Highworth, Wiltshire.  

The client asked for a design for a residence on a very small piece of sloping land on a tree-lined road in a neglected corner of an estate of houses. Garaging had to be incorporated on site as the Planners would not consider a proposal relying on street parking. The core of the plan is a single garage parking space in the centre of the plan at ground floor level.

Site restrictions apart from the slope of ground were that the residence had to be single aspect – deriving all of its light and views from the direction of access only.

The ground floor is treated as a half-sunk podium of brick incorporating the garage and ground floor accommodation. To each side of the garage is an entrance to the house – one on the left giving entrance to the ground floor accommodation, and one on the right climbing to a first floor entrance. These entrances are linked around the back of the garage by an internal staircase.

In order to admit light to the area behind the garage the accommodation there consists of a two-storey high atrium incorporating the kitchen/dining area, with a large opening rooflight over it. The bedroom and bathroom accommodation at both levels is accommodated in wings to the left and to the right of this atrium space – each incorporating bedrooms/bathrooms at both levels. The lounge inhabits the space over the garage and looks back out over the entrance through the canopy of trees that line the street.  It is intended to be a restful place, suffused with green light filtering through the leaves of the trees in summer, and an eyrie in winter, with views out through the matrix of tree branches. The elevated position gives the living room and first floor bedrooms enhanced privacy.

The first floor is timber framed and clad in Douglas Fir board-and-batten sidings in contrast to the solid brick podium-type base. Planters are incorporated into the structure to give some limited opportunity for the client to do some gardening, and to soften the edges of the structure.

This is necessarily a very compact plan due to the size of the site (which is only slightly larger than the footprint of the building), but it does offer four bedrooms a pleasant lounge and a garage.

The client decided not to proceed with a Planning Application on this site.