Our clients approached bi Design having just purchased a 1970’s bungalow on a large detached corner plot backing onto the Trent and Mersey canal. The site was familiar to bi Design as we had gained detailed planning consent for a 1200sqm (12,912sq ft) replacement dwelling with an indoor swimming pool in 2007. Initially, our client’s brief was to tweak the existing house design but also reducing the overall size by 15-20% without detracting from the overall design.
Before going back to the planners our clients had a change of heart and whilst they still loved the proposed house design they felt it was someone else’s design and they had an exciting opportunity to create something that was completely unique to them.
The new brief was to design a family home inspired by Olson and Kundig but in a style that would be recognised in South Derbyshire. Olson and Kundig’s work is predominately located in the United States their style is very contemporary flat roof buildings with a very masculine soft industrial feel.
In order to achieve a solution, we have used a mixture of contemporary and traditional materials such as Copper cladding, sandstone and aluminium. In order to create an open plan layout, the house has a steel frame internally which enabled the internal walls to be positioned as features to create a broken floor plan.
To date, this has been one of the most challenging briefs bi Design has experienced to create a design that fitted into the South Derbyshire street scene whilst maintaining the influences of Olson and Kundig.