A traditional residential street in the heart of Cambridge has been given a contemporary facelift with the construction of a sustainable, three-storey timber frame house. A 1930s building was demolished to create the site.
Using 95mm thick cross-laminated panels of sustainably sourced fir, spruce and pine, we erected the watertight frame in six days. A glulam sub-frame provided a practical and robust solution, using renewable materials.
The most striking structural feature of this Modernist, box-like building is a first floor wall panel designed to support floor and roof loads above. We worked with our client to fit the roof with an architecturally-designed skylight that runs the length of the house. As well as maximising natural light, the skylight provides a visual centrepiece.
In order to prove airtight and energy efficient, the wall and floor joints are sealed. Services are accommodated under-floor wherever possible. The upper elevation's glass panels serve as rain screen cladding.