Vermuyden House, Chatteris
A large country house and landscaping proposal
in the Cambridgeshire fens
Vermuyden House is one of a very small number of isolated new houses in the countryside to have been approved under Government planning policy. Its thoughtful design, however, met the prescription that such houses much be ‘truly outstanding in terms of its architecture and landscape design.’
Set on a 400 hectare working farm, the house creates a dialogue between architectural form and the surrounding landscape, inspired by the geometry and landforms of the Cambridgeshire fens. Our design carefully integrates the house and the landscape, building a series of earth berms and windbreaks that form a new context for the house and provide shelter from the prevailing elements.
The design of the house is a dialogue between architectural form and landscape, inspired by the surrounding context. Its palette includes bermed and terraced earthworks, wattle fencing and green roofs. The structure is dark-stained, timber frame construction, reminiscent of the oak forests of days past and the rich, black soil present today.
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2005