Lake District Housing

Competition entry for new housing on a one hectare open site in a village on the outskirts of Kendal. Sandwiched between the main road and the railway line the site offered an opportunity to consider the issues of layout for an new residential cluster at the end of an older village. The proposals form a street edge of housing with further terraces arranged around shared hard and landscaped open spaces behind. The housing is all carefully orientated to benefit from views across the valley. Car parking is located in small groups at the edges of the site.

The brief called for flexible housing. P&S interpreted this in two ways: the first is a standardised form where room denominations can be altered to suit the occupants' needs. The layouts permit smaller or larger living rooms at ground or first floor, home working spaces that can adapt to be an additional bedroom or become part of a larger living room, and partitions that can be installed or left out for more open plan living. The second is a building type that can be a single storey one bedroom cottage or stacked to be a flat over a workspace.

The whole development includes a central energy building and is designed with a zero carbon approach. Other elements in this design for a community are a communal room set in an open shared garden, a playground, orchard, allotments and shared electric cars and bikes.