The brief was to replace an existing garage with a pair of semi-detached contemporary timber & zinc clad houses in Winchester, Hampshire. These were to each include two bedrooms, a bathroom and living accommodation. The proposal provides sheltered parking underneath and makes use of the south facing aspect for amenity spaces. The design, which takes it initial form from local urban houses, is a simple rectangle with a pitched roof. The structure, which only shows its narrow façade to the road, is clad in contemporary style with vertical timber and zinc roof.
Provision of natural light was a key feature in the design process. Glazing to the south was carefully considered to help prevent over heating and maintain privacy. The design shows a single window to the lounge area and a glazed apex to the first floor. The apex allows light to the bedrooms but prevents over looking. Controlled views have been accounted for so that privacy for both the neighbours and occupants is ensured.
Vertical timber cladding has been used to provide a soft and sympathetic visual element to the building. Over time the cedar will weather to a silver, eventually disappearing into the vegetation and fence beyond. The zinc roof profile mirrors those on the St. Giles hill directly above the site; the mid grey colour will provide an unobtrusive element. The building sits on a white rendered base to link the building forms into the ground and road scene.