Green Orchard | Zero Carbon House by Paul Archer Design

Created by Paul Archer Design, Green Orchard is a zero carbon house, set within the green belt of South Gloucestershire, South West England. Completed in 2011, the house overlooking the Severn Estuary totals 200m² (2,153ft²).

The living level is on the upper floor and has been designed with an open plan. All services have been located in the centre of the building and plant room below, to free the remainder of the space and take advantage of the key views and sun. Two external terraces allow the home to connect to the garden, each orientated to catch the sun at different times of the day. The outer reflective panels will pick up the colours of the landscape, the idea being to make the structure almost invisible.

The skin of the building is made of walls of sliding panels that can be slid away to provide an open flow of space between the inside and the garden, and to encourage cross ventilation. These panels are super insulated and allow the occupant to vary the thermal performance of the structure throughout the days and seasons. The glazing is screened by full height mesh panels, which can be adjusted to provide sun shading, privacy and security.

— Paul Archer Design



Photographs by Will Pryce, Helen Fickling, Paul Archer
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