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Manor House, East Sussex

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Manor House in East Sussex

13 Nov 2020

Manor House

Redesign: Alter & Company

Location: Cuckfield, East Sussex, Southern England, UK

Manor House East Sussex

The existing Manor House building Alter & Company were commissioned to redesign is from the 1970s, with a history as a private family home.

Manor House East Sussex

Unfortunately, years of neglect and weathering left it dilapidated.

Manor House East Sussex

The main ambition of this design was to create a dwelling that provides flexible spaces and that enables different generations to live under the same roof.

Manor House East Sussex

Alter & Company approached the idea of adding any more with caution. Instead we designed a series of walled courtyard gardens, each of them accessible through various doors connecting them to the house. Over time the archi hope that this project, this home, will be able to evolve to survive the life spans of many future occupants.

Manor House East Sussex

Key Products
The main materials in the construction of the building were external brick work, black windows, white lime paint – striking sharp edged eaves lines.

Manor House East Sussex

The Brief
We were commissioned to design the 1970s building through the vision of flexible shared living. The clients wanted to have three generations of the family to live under one roof. The main ambition of this design was to create a dwelling that provides flexible space and separation zones.

Manor House East Sussex

Key Challenges
The original building functioned poorly as the spaces were disconnected and activities happened on top of each other creating problems for all of the occupants of the house to enjoy or even use the house.

Manor House East Sussex

The Solutions
The solution looked to the landscape gardens to connect outwards in – we approached the idea of adding more with caution. Instead we designed a series of walled courtyard gardens, each of them accessible through various internal access points connecting them to the living areas of the house. The house was designed in segments, each segment connected externally to a courtyard whilst flowing internally back to the living hub.

Manor House East Sussex

Sustainability Features
We recycled as much of the existing 1970s building and reusing much of the original stock bricks. The performance of the building used sheep’s wool/boards insultation.

Manor House East Sussex

Manor House in East Sussex, England – Building Information

Architects: Alter & Company
Project size: 220 sqm
Project Budget: £450000
Completion date: 2016

Manor House East Sussex

Photography: Alter & Company

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Location: Cuckfield, East Sussex, Southern England, UK

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