New Sustainable Cornish Manor House
The design for this new country house near Truro, Cornwall, was informed by a comprehensive study of Cornish manor houses, considering factors such as form, scale, detailing and materials, and how these elements have given the Cornish manor house their distinctive architectural character. The new house will be built using traditional local materials, such as granite and rubble stone walls, with local slate roofs and simple, muscular detailing of elements such as quoins, window hoods and door surrounds. It will integrate perfectly in the landscape, and appear well rooted to the local vernacular. The house will be an exemplar of national importance in terms of its energy efficiency and carbon reduction potential and will achieve the highest possible Code for Sustainable Homes rating (CSH) – Level 6. The combination of ultra-low energy demand, together with on-site renewable electricity generation, will make the house one of the most energy efficient new dwellings in Europe.