Whytton House

Whytton House

South Downs National Park

Re-Format’s concept for this substantial country house was to reference traditional Hampshire farmsteads to create a collection of forms rather than a large single mass. The constituent parts are reflected in hierarchy by scale to create a pleasing collection of traditional forms.

The layout creates a legible hierarchy for the main dwelling, with subservient elements forming the informal courtyard. This strategy generates an animated silhouette that responds to the various distant views into the site.

The elevational treatment is simple, with limited detailing. Contemporary ‘Arts and Crafts’ references are implied in the overall massing and the bespoke detailed architectural elements, such as the dominant chimney and oriel/bay window details.

The developed design achieves a highly sustainable building, providing very high levels of insulation circa 0.13u value, high levels of air tightness (circa 1.5 ACPH or less) coupled with a renewable and low carbon energy strategy combining, air source heat pumps, MVHR ventilation, Infrared Heating, PV cells (discrete solar slates) to south facing garage roof with battery storage, seeking to create a zero carbon in use building.

“The team at Re-Format did a wonderful job in achieving planning consent. Their design is very handsome and sits well on the site. Re-Format produced an excellent package for the application which reads well and covers all the required topics in detail. They assembled a first class team of consultants who are respected by local planning officials and skilfully managed the whole process to a successful conclusion. I thoroughly recommend the practice.”