PROJECT: Manthorpe Lodges are a development for 5 stilted dwellings taking their access from Woodthorpe road.
STATUS: Early design stages
The street elevation is minimal with an interplay of volumes and planes all with the intent of framing the view.
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.
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.
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.
The dwellings sit within the trees in order to both preserve the natural buffer from the road and immerse the users into the trees.
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.
The split-level dwelling has accomodation for 2 car parking spaces and 3 bedrooms as well as a roof terrace
Due to the linear form there are 5 units detailed in this plan
The scheme is a tectonic response to the harsh topography of the site
These sketches demonstrate how a stilted foundation system may work in supporting the two volumes