Effective light source for innovative split house concept

Effective light source for innovative split house concept

Glazing Vision’s fixed Flushglaze rooflights were pivotal in opening up the views and maximising the natural daylight entering this 5 bedroom private residence in Tunbridge Wells.

The project has a clever split-house concept solution: the linear house plan runs from north to south, the garden faces eastwards towards the street, framed by a wall and a close-boarded fence to guarantee privacy. The house is uniquely configured into 3 component parts: an elongated single-storey family room linking two outer wings, each 2-storeys high, which house the bedrooms and bathrooms as well as a spacious lounge area on the ground floor.

Underpinning the selection of the actual building materials was the need to respect the architectural narrative of the neighbourhood – the white clay brickwork, enhanced by the matching white mortar, is a nod to similar exterior finishes on the street but it also plays a key role in reflecting the light back into the house.

Large windows to the east-facing side of the house ensure that all the principal living spaces receive sunlight during the day. An inverted bay window was added to act as a lightwell where the hallway steps down to the kitchen. The impressive double height entrance is also bright and welcoming, benefiting from the extensive glazing positioned between the door and the pitched roof.

For the parts of the house to the west, where no windows were permitted, and for the narrow staircases, lined with oiled-oak, the architect was challenged with finding an innovative way to unlock the daylight, which would also not detract from the contemporary interior.

Fixed Flushglaze rooflights from Glazing Vision were specified as they were deemed to offer a number of benefits. A key consideration had been that each one of the rooflights needed to be made not just to a bespoke size, but also with special proportions, in order to provide for the maximum amount of light possible.

Glazing Vision uniquely offered the precision engineering required for these units. At their factory in Norfolk, Glazing Vision manufactured 3 individual fixed Flushglaze rooflights for installation at this property: a 2.8m x 0.8m unit for the living room, which has 2 kerb and 2 wall abutment details, a 2.4m x 0.8m unit for the kitchen, and finally a 1.8m x 1.8m unit for the master bathroom.

Furthermore, the lack of any unnecessary bulky capping would also ensure that the fixed Flushglaze rooflights would not trap dirt or debris.

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