Cornwall LivingIssue #86
Built to last
We catch up with ARCO2 Architecture and hear about their latest, sustainably built home, Reflection.
ARCO2 Architecture’s by-line, ‘beautiful buildings that don’t cost the earth’, truly emphasises this company’s passion for projects that are both cost effective and environmentally aware. Director Ian Armstrong tells us: “At ARCO2, we’re not just about designing you a dwelling, we create homes with benefits to enhance your lifestyle – literally building homes for future generations.”
“we create homes with benefits to enhance your lifestyle – literally building homes for future generations”
This approach is evident in the creation of Reflection, a one-of-a-kind property designed by ARCO2 and built by their in-house construction company, ADD Sustainable Construction Ltd. When creating and building this remarkable property, the ARCO2 team worked closely with their client to achieve their vision to the highest possible standard, whilst also taking into consideration the impact on the surrounding environment and neighbours.
Ian continues: “As a RIBA Chartered Architects Practice we have a unique, innovative and environmental approach to design, which is evident in this award-winning house.” The new dwelling is situated on a former derelict garden and a green space at the entrance to a local village. The site had an unusual planning designation as an Open Area of Local Significance (OALS). This restriction would put most people off pursuing an application, however the policy did not preclude development. This would require the most respectful and sensitive design in order to retain the intrinsic value of the OALS, which Ian embraced.
The extremely challenging client brief was to design a four-bedroom house with every room benefiting from sea views without affecting or impeding the visual character of the site. The concept was to sink the building into the landscape, take advantage of the topography and use the split levels to create rooms that overlook an open-plan living area. It’s fair to say that the finished result is staggering!
“It’s one of the most sustainable dwellings in terms of building fabric and energy usage in the area,” Ian finishes, “and demonstrates that a strong design concept can be really striking.” So, if you want to create a beautiful home with minimal impact on the environment, then get in touch with Ian and the team for your free consultation and make moves to secure yourself a home whilst also securing the planet for future generations.
ARCO2 Architecture Ltd
"we create homes with benefits to enhance your lifestyle – literally building homes for future generations"