An environmentally friendly building using mainly natural materials (sheep's wool, earth render, reed lath) , recycled materials and seconds, with the aim of creating a healthy living and working environment. Chemicals have been avoided; the use of concrete minimized. The timber frame walls and roof are filled with sheep’s wool insulation, and rendered internally onto reed matting with earth taken from the site. These are an important part of the ethos behind the building; they work together to make the building breathable, and as such passively regulate the building's temperature and humidity.
The most attractive thing about the studio is the atmosphere inside. In winter daylight penetrates deep into the space, washing the undulating earth plaster and timber surfaces. In summer the building is almost hidden by greenery which turns the summer sun into a soft dappled light.
Publications: Grand Designs, September 2005, Issue 19, pg. 66 The Architects' Journal, Small Projects 2, 270105, Pg. 30 Building For a Future Magazine, Volume 14, no. 1, Summer 2004, pg.57 RIBA Architecture East of England, Autumn 2004