This environmentally friendly house by Mole Architects has an upside-down arrangement with more introverted spaces on the ground floor while a first-floor kitchen and living room look out over the surrounding fens.
East RIBA Regional Award 2022
Mole Architects for Joan Morters
Contract value: Confidential
Commissioned by a retired city headteacher, Wuduhus is a new house on the edge of a fen village.
Mole Architects designed the house to have as little environmental impact as possible, following Passivhaus principles, although the house has not formally attained Passivhaus certification.
An upside-down arrangement positions more introverted spaces on the ground floor with the kitchen, living room and bedroom located on the first floor looking out over the surrounding fens. A lift and mid-level power sockets have been installed in anticipation of any future decline in mobility.
Well-detailed larchboard cladding combined with a butterfly roof and celebratory rainwater pipe offer a light-hearted reference to the local farm building vernacular.
A rainwater harvester and several other water conservation features, along with a garden with vegetable plots, exemplify the owner’s aim of achieving a self-sufficient, lifetime home.