The Shielings is a carefully designed residential development that seamlessly integrates within an urban setting. Our vision involves the transformation of a former pet resort into a thriving residential complex. Throughout the design process, we placed great emphasis on maintaining the integrity of the existing context, both in terms of layout and design character.
We aimed to redefine high-quality housing by not only creating a desirable living environment for residents but also ensuring community benefits, all while prioritizing sustainability and environmental friendliness
In our exploration of the remarkable green landscape nestled within a vast field near a vibrant village in proximity to Cambridge, we embarked on a journey to meet our client’s aspiration for a similar project amidst the surge of new developments in the area. To seamlessly integrate our design, we meticulously analyzed the urban patterns and architectural characteristics of the surroundings. By thoroughly examining the existing building typologies and local architecture, we struck a harmonious balance between creativity and respect for the area’s architectural heritage. With most existing structures featuring single-floor layouts, brick exteriors, and pitched roofs, we conscientiously adhered to the local plan and relevant policies to ensure our development meets the highest standards.
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Connected Spaces in Harmonious Design
To enhance the site’s organization, we introduced a new main corridor that divides it into two distinct parts. Around this central pathway, we carefully positioned new spaces, greenery, and built-up areas in each section. Furthermore, we incorporated additional secondary links to optimize circulation throughout the site, forging improved connections between the built-up spaces and the surrounding greenery. This thoughtful design fosters a sense of unity and ease of movement, creating an environment where every aspect of the site is seamlessly connected.
Recreational Delights for All
The new development boasts delightful recreational spaces, including a serene pond and a playground for children, all surrounded by the breathtaking existing greenery. This offers residents the chance to relish in high-quality outdoor spaces. However, these benefits extend beyond just the residents. Thanks to the meticulous path design and seamless connection to the nearby bike road, cyclists passing through the area can also indulge in these scenic spots during their biking adventures. Explore a community where both residents and passersby can revel in the beauty of nature.
Within the development, you’ll find a total of 23 residential buildings thoughtfully designed for comfortable living. Existing structures have been transformed into terrace houses, each with its own dedicated garden, providing a serene oasis for residents. In areas where no buildings previously stood, we have created new villas, each nestled amidst its own private garden. Our aim is to foster a sense of community, which is why we have incorporated inviting recreational spaces for everyone to enjoy.
The new development adheres to sustainable design principles, a fundamental aspect of modern architectural practices. We have incorporated passive design strategies to ensure energy efficiency. Careful attention has been given to the orientation and shapes of the buildings, optimizing sun exposure and wind direction for maximum efficiency. Additionally, we have prioritized insulation and fenestration, minimizing energy loss and optimizing thermal comfort. To further reduce energy consumption, solar panels have been seamlessly integrated into the design, harnessing the power of renewable energy. Experience a thoughtfully designed development that not only prioritizes sustainability but also provides a comfortable and eco-friendly living environment.