Structurelle Structural Engineers

Trees

This stunning contemporary house looks out on the Mendip hills from the edge of the village of Ubley. The structure is principally steel (from ground to first floor) and timber (from first floor to roof).

 

Key to the open feel of the building is the rigid steel frame which forms the main structure. The lack of additional bracing allows the spaces to remain clean and uncluttered. The first floor steel beams are relatively heavy to keep them shallow, enabling the architect/ owners to conceal them within the floor zone. Extensive use of cantilevers in both directions offered the opportunity of allowing the second storey to "float", as if a tree canopy.

 

Trees won “Best New Home” in the 2008 Grand Designs Live Awards and is also featured in October 2008 edition of House and Garden magazine.