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Contemporary home in a conservation area

Set in the middle of a Georgian town square, in the centre of a conservation area, this home was not only overlooked but also overshadowed by other buildings and trees and was dark and underwhelming. Our challenge was to replace it with a contemporary home, built to Passive Haus standards, that was filled with light.

The fact that this was in a conservation area meant that this had to be a stunning piece of high-quality architecture. Using layers of screening, we were able to provide privacy they didn’t have previously. Opening to the rear, the property embraces the qualities of the site.

Location: Newbury, West Berkshire

Materials: The house uses a sandstone effect render, contrasted with linear bricks and sharply detailed glazing.

Clever aspects: We modelled light paths throughout the day by strategically placing roof lights and courtyards to bring in light from above, without compromising privacy.

Friends on the project: We worked closely with planning and heritage consultants to put together a comprehensive planning strategy.

We love: The way that this building is completely born of its context and the way the light will animate the interiors with a play of light throughout the day.

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Providing tailored support and services to see homes all the way through their transformation, Absolute Architecture are the go-to residential architecture business for ambitious dream homes that require a little extra creativity, inspiration or planning expertise. We are a RIBA Chartered and Passivhaus accredited practice based in Newbury, Berkshire. Absolute Architecture serves the Cotswolds, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and surrounding areas.




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Commercial House
53B Kingsbridge Rd,
Newbury, Berkshire
RG14 6DY