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Zero Carbon UK Home Blends Into Rural Surroundings With Moveable Reflective Façade

Green Orchard, Bristol, Paul Archer Design, 2011
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Green Orchard is a stunning zero carbon dwelling in South Gloucestershire, UK by Paul Archer Design. The house sits within a stunning landscape with views of the Severn Estuary. Archer chose a series of building materials that help the home blend instead of deter from its lush surroundings.

Although the team at Paul Archer Design has earned a reputation for their modern residential designs their experience had primarily been with extensions and renovations. The Green Orchard was the firm’s first “new-build detached single-family dwelling commission.”

Green Orchard, Bristol, Paul Archer Design, 2011
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The home was designed within a strict zero carbon agenda, which allowed the design to adapt to a series of sustainable attributes that drastically reduce potential energy consumption. The house features a wood burning Stuv stove, which is the home’s singular source of heat. Additionally, a solar roofing system enables 80% of the home’s warm water, which is provided through a well 300 feet below ground. In addition to the roof’s solar panels, the home also features a green roof, which both filters pollutants and provides insulation.

Green Orchard, Bristol, Paul Archer Design, 2011
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The home’s contemporary appearance was achieved with the use of a reflective cladding material. The architects describe, “The panels are constructed of locally sourced timber and clad with mirrored aluminum to reflect the landscape and camouflage the structure in its surroundings.” The highly insulated reflective panels are motorized offering a further dimensionality.

The house replaced a previously dilapidated single-story home. The new “low-rise” four-bedroom dwelling features two floors, one of which utilized a sunken lower level adapted to accommodate additional living quarters. The ability to take advantage of the inclined landscape ensured a low profile for the property and “embraced the natural topography of the site,” the architects further describe.

Green Orchard, Bristol, Paul Archer Design, 2011
©Paul Archer Design

Raised gardens and extensive planting shield the property from neighbors and the nearby roadway, offering an oasis of sorts. The home is meant to blend into the countryside as much as possible utilizing state-of-the-art green technologies and natural building materials.

information and photography courtesy of ©Paul Archer Design

DISCLAIMER: The following project does not feature Alucobond® aluminum composite material (ACM). The “Industry (Architecture)” section of our blog focuses on extraordinary architectural works from around the world. While this project does not feature our ACM, we have included comparable samples to what was used in the project above.

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