Sussex House by Wilkinson King Architects
Wilkinson King Architects have designed the Sussex House in the South Downs region of Sussex, England. This home is a great example of indoor/outdoor living and an extremely unobtrusive design. The most prolific feature of this residence is its exterior which was designed in layers that mimic the linear view of the surrounding meadows and hills. The entire building is designed to connect you with its surrounding landscape at all times.
From the architects: “Overlooking sweeping views to the South Downs this house is composed of a series of layers, which echo the horizontality of the meadows and hills. It is entered from a formal garden to the north.
The brief was for a contemporary house that would sit and weather well in the landscape and respond materially to the tree lined site and rural setting. There are 4 bedrooms, one at ground level, and a study which overlooks a double height reception space. The first floor construction is entirely of cross laminated timber. The roof is made from tilted triangular planes, forming a folded, undulating surface inspired by the form of distant hills.
The ancillary building in the arrival courtyard houses a bio-mass boiler which provides the heating and hot water. The house is built to high environmental performance standards.”