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.
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.