Member News: Koru Architects, Hove

AECB members, Koru Architects in Hove have been awarded the RIBA Downland Prize 2011 for sustainability for their house/studio in Hove.

The Downland Prize for Architects is awarded annually to a Chartered Architects based in south east England.  It celebrates the added value that an architect brings to relatively small project (total cost under £1.5 million) and the ‘chemistry’ between architects, clients, contractors and suppliers of successful buildings.

The house/studio project cleverly makes use of a constricted, sloping site through split-level design and creates a series of interesting, unique spaces.  A top lit vertical circulation volume floods the house with daylight and acts as the ‘lungs’ by ventilating and cooling the spaces on warm days.  Glazing to the south-facing rooms maximises passive solar gain, and a roof-integrated solar pv and thermal array provides part of the family’s electricity and hot water, the mains grid and a biomass boiler covers the shortfalls in winter.

Mark Pellant and Abi Torr, directors of Koru Architects have over a decade’s experience in the design and construction of low energy, sustainable buildings.  They combine inspiring design with indepth knowledge of sustainable building technologies.  For further information please refer to their website