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Sustainable Eco-House in High Weald AONB: An Architect's Vision for Outstanding Design

Introduction: Meeting the Challenge of Architectural Excellence in a Sensitive Area

Early stages in the design of this Eco-House called for an architecturally outstanding approach, especially given its location in the sensitive High Weald AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

The Architect's Design Philosophy: Harnessing Natural Elements

The design faces south, overlooking the stunning High Weald countryside. This architectural choice enables large glazed areas to maximise views and solar gain, an essential feature for eco-friendly heating.

Architectural Features: Overhanging Roofs and Heavy Mass Structure

The overhanging roofs and heavy mass structure are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional, balancing temperatures throughout the year. This architectural strategy makes the building more passive in its heating approach.

Environmentally-Friendly Architectural Decisions: Half-Buried Structure

The architect's plan ensures the house is half-buried, minimising its impact on the surrounding countryside while blending modern form with traditional materials.

Paul Reed Architect based in Brighton: Crafting Bespoke Residential Spaces Across the South Coast


Paul Reed is a Brighton-based architect specialising in both new build homes and conversions of existing buildings. With a focus on high-quality, creative design tailored to client needs and budgets, Paul Reed Architect offers a comprehensive range of services. From eco-friendly houses to traditional extensions, and from basement and loft conversions to unique garden offices, the firm provides end-to-end solutions. Paul acts as the Lead Designer on all projects and collaborates with a range of building professionals to offer a full design and build service.


See more of Paul Reed Architect's New Build Portfolio here: www.paulreedarchitects.com/new-build-houses.




Floor plan of Eco-House in High Weald

Elevation of Eco-House in High Weld

Site plan of Eco-House in High Weald

Elevations of Eco-house in High Weald

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