16 - 24 Sep 2017
Sunday 24 September 2.00-4.30 only
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Chalk Wall House is a private residential Eco-House constructed as a self-build project built from rammed chalk extracted from the site and was completed in 2010. Built in the former vegetable plot of the clients large garden and separated by a mature Beech hedge, the project drew its inspiration and starting point from the local landscape. In view from the site is Maiden Castle - the largest Iron Age Hill fort in Europe, and constructed of huge Chalk banks.To satisfy planning concerns, and minimise visual impact on the existing property and neighbours the house is partially buried into the site. The material excavated to do so was subsequently used to construct thermally massive thick walls against the adjacent Railway lines serving Weymouth to Waterloo, and the neighbours to the North.
The timber formwork used to construct the chalk walls was entirely re-used to make the floor, roof and external walls of the inner facing courtyard. This sits atop a modular glu-laminated timber frame designed to minimise material waste. The house is super insulated using sheeps' wool, has intensive and extensive green roofs, a biomass boiler, solar thermal water heating panels, a mechanical heat recovery ventilation system and has a ful sprinkler system to protect against fire.
Pete West and Ali Cameron made a video with the owners two years ago, which can be viewed on
The architect is the owners' son Sam at www.barefootarchitecture.co.uk