Project Orange undertook a research project into alternative housing typologies for a site in Lavenham, Suffolk. The intention was to see if there is an alternative cost effective model that may offer a contemporary response to the special opportunity of the site. The aspect and the aesthetic was considered in the design, as well as cost and sustainable construction.
This design is based on the idea of a shared landscape, which is more akin to a (farm) yard. This means that there is less of a suburban feeling to the way the houses are laid out and the landscape in which they sit. When viewed from above it is apparent that the field system around Lavenham is a patchwork of oddly shaped areas, as a result of history, geography and ownership. This creates a certain character that seems worth understanding.
Proejct Orange were also drawn to the picturesque nature of the village, and in particular the dymanic roofscapes. The pitch of the roofs as well as the juxtaposition of the buildings gives a unique character to the village. This design takes the themes of the local vernacular and translates it to something more contemporary.