PROJECT: Manthorpe Lodges are a development for 5 stilted dwellings taking their access from Woodthorpe road.

STATUS:  Early design stages

Minton Architects, Nottingham Architects, Lowdham

The street elevation is minimal with an interplay of volumes and planes all with the intent of framing the view.

Minton Architects, Nottingham Architects, Lowdham

Due to the topography of the site, stilted dwellings were a favourable response to the prospective groundwork costs involved in excavating and laying foundations on such a steep and densely wooded site.

Minton Architects, Nottingham Architects, Lowdham

The house has been split and staggered into two linked volumes; the upper volume being the living space and the lower being the private quarters. In this way, both volumes can have uninterrupted views over the woodland and a roof terrace has been created to expand the usable exterior space.

Minton Architects, Nottingham Architects, Lowdham

The aerial view above shows how the buffering from the trees will create a relaxed living environment whilst also hiding the majority of the dwellings from view for the estate on Manthorpe Crescent below.

Site Sections
Site Sections

The dwellings sit within the trees in order to both preserve the natural buffer from the road and immerse the users into the trees.

Elevations
Elevations

The form is taken from a rectilinear volume which has been scaled off of surrounding properties; with the upper and lower floors staggered to follow the the topography of the slope.

Floor plans
Floor plans

The split-level dwelling has accomodation for 2 car parking spaces and 3 bedrooms as well as a roof terrace

Site Masterplan
Site Masterplan

Due to the linear form there are 5 units detailed in this plan

Initial ideas
Initial ideas

The scheme is a tectonic response to the harsh topography of the site

Stilted foundations
Stilted foundations

These sketches demonstrate how a stilted foundation system may work in supporting the two volumes