Hills+Co. - Clearwell Orchard context site view paragraph 80 contemporary rural architecture in Wye Valley AONB
Hills+Co. - Clearwell Orchard lime kiln diagrams paragraph 80 contemporary rural architecture in Wye Valley AONB
Hills+Co. - Clearwell Orchard building as lime kiln paragraph 80 contemporary rural architecture in Wye Valley AONB
Hills+Co. - Clearwell context view paragraph 80 contemporary rural architecture in Wye Valley AONB

CLEARWELL ORCHARD

Paragraph 80 new build passivhaus on a greenfield site in Clearwell, in the Wye Valley AONB.

 

The overarching site strategy responds to the registered landscape designation of a traditional orchard. Whilst there is limited evidence of this today, a new orchard will be planted, managed and maintained on the sloping terrain, which will accelerate its biodiversity opportunities and habitat status and link the building with landscape.

 

A key concept driver for the architectural scheme relates to the workings of a lime kiln, prevalent in the immediate context. The 'anatomy' of a traditional Wye Valley 'draw' kiln has inspired the sequence of spaces within the proposal, including the entrance courtyard (kiln funnel), viewpoints (stoke holes). Similarly, the material strategy follows the same principles where the entrance courtyard is lined in charred timber to symbolise the inner kiln, strong stone ground floor enclosure symbolic of the kiln walls, and a light timber upper storey to marry with the woodland and the growth of the Forest of Dean. This material strategy runs into the interior also with a mix of stone, timber and lime washed surfaces symbolic of the industrial lime production in the area.

 

Location:  

Clearwell, Gloucestershire

Site Constraints/Other:

Paragraph 80, Edge of Conservation Area, Wye Valley AONB, Ecology, Tree protection, Highways

Status:

RIBA Stage 2 Pre Planning

Hills+Co. - Clearwell Orchard garage paragraph 80 contemporary rural architecture in Wye Valley AONB
Hills+Co. - Clearwell site plan diagram paragraph 80 contemporary rural architecture in Wye Valley AONB
Hills+Co. - Cleawell Orchard context view paragraph 80 contemporary rural architecture in Wye Valley AONB

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