Hanson House

Hanson House

The Hanson House is a prototype eco house commissioned by Hanson, the brick manufacturer. The brief was to provide an exciting new 3 bed housing form that could be introduced to the mass market, which combined the latest brick technology and exceeded current energy standards. The brief was constrained by a challenging nine-week construction programme and budget of £100k.

The Hanson House is a prototype eco house commissioned by Hanson, the brick manufacturer. The brief was to provide an exciting new 3 bed housing form that could be introduced to the mass market, which combined the latest brick technology and exceeded current energy standards. The brief was constrained by a challenging nine-week construction programme and budget of £100k.

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The objectives of the brief were achieved on time and budget whilst exceeding Hanson’s expectations. The house won a Brick Award in 2007 and featured in various design publications, thereby helping to publicise Hanson’s products and sustainability credentials.

The form of the house takes its inspiration from the kilns traditionally used to manufacture bricks. It uses the same principles of drawing fresh air in at the ground level and exhausting hot air via a stack effect. To compliment this design strategy, the layout is based on an upside-down house with the bedrooms at ground level and the open plan living space on the first floor.

The central staircase leads up to the vaulted ceiling and roof lantern creating a dramatic sense of space and light. The house was constructed using pre-fabricated construction methods, including innovative factory constructed brick panels. Structural Insulated panels and a zinc roof covering combine to create the dramatic roof form.

The project was completed by TPB Bennett with Mark as project architect.

The form of the house takes its inspiration from the kilns traditionally used to manufacture bricks

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