Larch Corner

Larch Corner, a record-breaking timber frame Passivhaus

Larch Corner

One of the most airtight buildings in the world, Larch Corner is almost entirely timber-based above its slab. That includes the insulation and cladding: it’s a cosy Passivhaus that truly is a forever home for the client and his family.

Patio at rear of Larch Corner, showing larch cladding in sunlight
Larch Corner interior, with exposed CLT walls
insulation and weatherproofing of timber frame during construction of Larch Corner

The house, constructed to PassivHaus standard, uses a mass timber frame system by Novatop, based in the Czech Republic. Its larch cladding is protected by a deep overhanging eaves with open ended gutters that throw rainwater away from the house. The cladding will weather to a striking silvery grey, whilst the sedum roof supports biodiversity.

Internally, voluminous spaces and minimalist detailing combine to create a simple, calming and uncluttered sense of space. A bank of cross laminated timber (CLT) panels, with playfully mounted surface level LED strip lights, conceals a voluminous storage wall.

The client wanted a three-bedroom house that would suit his day-to-day lifestyle while also accommodating visits from his family and grandchildren.

Screwed together using some 21,000 screws, it should prove to be more than just a forever home: many of its materials could be kept for reuse at the end of its life.

More case studies

The original Victorian pier was built in 1872, rebuilt in 1922 and finally destroyed by fire in 2010. The architect dRMM became involved when Hasting Pier Charity took over the derelict structure and set up a design competition which was won by the practice.

This £7.3 million scheme has transformed a town centre football ground into a new public park and a swimming pool, fitness suite
and cafe, giving the town and community a new focus and forming a civic presence in the High Street.