Danish C.F. Møller Architects has submitted its proposal for new housing in the village of Waddesdon, England, after it won an international architectural competition in 2013. The Rothschild Foundation held the competition, and the new submission revolves around two residential developments in Waddesdon.
The village lies just less than 100 kilometres outside of London. With approximately 2,000 inhabitants, the community is famous for its strong roots and dynamic history, with connections to the Rothschild family, who are known for their banking business dating back to the 19th century.
There is a demand for additional housing in Waddesdon, which may need to expand its border and welcome a larger community over the coming years. According to the architects, the challenge for them is to accommodate a sustainable level of growth in the village, while keeping the identity of the village.
With a strong emphasis on sustainability, the newly submitted project comprises 65 houses and 10 apartments that all share the same characteristic roof profile and dormer windows. The façade materials of clay tile and timber have been selected to age gracefully with minimal maintenance over an extended design life.
C.F. Møller Architects proposes to span two interlinked building sites and centres surrounding groves of woodland and floral meadows that provide links between the residential gardens, existing trees and far-reaching view to the fields beyond Waddesdon. Ponds are to be established around the landscape to create spaces for rest and play as well as for managing water run-off and enhancing biodiversity, according to the architects. As a bonus, the plan minimises the impact of any motorised traffic.
To maximise the sustainable element of the proposal, the design promotes bicycle and pedestrian routes, while keeping vehicular routes to a minimum. Creating a greater sense of community, the new housing will feature open private gardens with hedgerow and plants of varying heights, extending the views from each garden and connecting neighbours.
By developing a set of design principles for the project, C.F. Møller Architects ensures a red line through the whole proposal. The principles range from a focus on the human dimension, considering the daily lives of residents, to prioritising pedestrians and ensuring more space and connections to both woodlands and the rest of Waddesdon.
Construction of the project is set to start in late summer 2015.