CALA DOMUS IS AN AWARD WINNING RESIDENTIAL BY PCKO, AN AHR COMPANY, IN HARLOW, ESSEX FOR CALA HOMES. THE DEVELOPMENT OF 74 HOMES IS LAID OUT AT A DENSITY OF 39 DWELLINGS PER HECTARE AND CONSISTS OF HOUSES, FLATS, WORKSPACES, AND DUPLEX APARTMENTS.
The development is highly sustainable; a landmark copper-clad residential tower features a rooftop covered in curved photovoltaic panels. Innovative materials, such as glazing that maximizes passive solar gain are used throughout the development.
Chase Tower, a copper-clad residential block, is a striking landmark feature, drawing its inspiration from the rich architectural history of East Anglia and Essex, specifically agricultural and industrial buildings, such as metal-clad windmills.
The family of houses has been developed with an innovative ‘living wall’ feature. This component accommodates and distributes all central building services and plant. The living wall is also adaptable for additional future uses as technologies change over time. Various service terminals positioned within the living wall are harmonised in appearance by circular, coloured distancing plates, making an attractive feature out of the utilitarian. Sunspaces, glazed porches, verandas and glazed ‘pockets’ connect directly to the living walls to facilitate the transfer of solar gain to the rest of the house.The homes are distinctive and colourful, combining glazed balconies, coloured render and traditional brick. The construction method used is a highly insulated off-site manufactured timber frame and roof panel envelope.
Staring at the Sun
30 OCTOBER 2014
Shortlisted for Architect of the Year Awards 2019
11 APRIL 2018