Gale & Snowden Architects‘ North Devon Passivhaus project ‘Oyster Falls’ has been featured in the latest issue of the Passive House Plus (PH+) magazine.
The four-bedroom family home, completed in 2013, nestles in its cliffside location with uninterrupted panoramic sea views across Croyde Bay in North Devon, towards Lundy Island and the North Atlantic.
The project is showcased throughout a five page feature in Issue 13 of PH+, a bimonthly publication focused on Passivhaus and Passive House technology.
Project architect and G&S Director, Ian Snowden, was all too aware of the design challenges faced by the project but says that the design team “worked very hard to consistently meet the Client’s brief and ensure that environmental and performance parameters were satisfied to stabilise the internal environment, preventing excessive heat loss, minimise overheating and achieve the requisite airtightness.  Combining the desired aesthetic of clean, minimal lines with complex airtight and thermal bridge free details was often very challenging but we were able to overcome the difficulties and the results speak for themselves.”
G&S was able to draw on extensive Passivhaus experience and rigorously apply the standard’s principles to ensure that the building performed optimally despite an exacting design brief and challenging site.
Construction manager, Eddie Acford of Point 6 Projects, himself with experience of building Passivhaus, says “It’s testament to the design really, that a building in such a location with such an amount of glazing and such complexity can work in such a way.  It is really something.”
Architect Jonathan Barattini who worked with Ian on the project recalls: “This is arguably one of the most exceptional sites in North Devon.  To do anything other than enable the occupants to enjoy a seamless experience of that magnificent view would do them, the house and the site a disservice.”
To view more information and images of Oyster Falls, visit the project profile on our website. Also take a look at similar one-off houses by Gale & Snowden Architects.
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