City Architecture Office  
 
 

Meadow Wood Houses, Calderwood

 

Project Value: 6m
Client: Stirling Developments Ltd
Design Stage: B
2009

 
This proposal embraces a modern type of agrarian living that is manifest in a new barn architecture. Simple forms, robust structure, a variety of cladding, optimal orientation in a landscaped setting and woodland views, all create a distinct community that is living in harmony with nature.

Calderwood Housing

Four options in natural materials offer a distinctiveness across a range of budgets. A material range of cedar shingles, zinc sheet, profiled fibre cement cladding, and terracotta tiles are applied to a basic timber frame and can be mixed and matched between wall & roof to create variety within the overall pattern.

The basic unit is a 120m spacious 3 bedroom linked house. The link is a garage or a 19m live/work office space suitable for a small enterprise. The flexible module offers multiple adaptations that can be undertaken at the point of sale or carried out in the future to suit occupant’s changing needs.


Permaculture:
Permanent agriculture is actively promoted to encourage on-site food production. To this end, each house has an ‘egg’- a separate kitchen garden. This area is enclosed within an evergreen hedge, located as a buffer between the houses and the meadow. Fruiting trees are planted in semi-private open spaces and in the landscaped neighbour courtyards for collective harvesting.


Sustainability & Environment:
  • Regional containerised woodburning boilers can provide domestic hot water & heating for up to 7 houses. The woodchip fuel can be provided by a local supplier using material from nearby forestation.
  • ‘Biodisc’ sewage treatment plants can process waste for up to 10 houses. They discharge clean water that may be used in the ‘eggs’ along with rainwater collection.
  • Each house has a 5m wet solar array to provide supplementary stored hot water on demand.