project Low energy, high attention to detail

Planning for a replacement dwelling in Woodmancote, near Cheltenham, designed by coombes everitt architects, has been approved. The 3,600 ft2

house has been positioned to make the most of the views over the village and local church. The proposed construction

materials as well as the building’s form take inspiration from the local historical buildings and materials. The building will be eco-friendly, with high levels of thermal insulation, a mechanical heat recovery system, low water usage and low energy fittings. Client Jane Lucas said: “We loved the approach coombes everitt took to the design of our new home.”

Exploring the power of Nordic design A

new book exploring the “simplicity and functionality” of Nordic design, The Red Thread looks at designs

both past and present. The book takes its name from a Swedish expression, den röda tråden (‘the red thread’) which is a metaphor for the essence of a story or piece of creative work. The book, say the publishers, “explores

the concept of design as a means of improvement, and how Nordic design in particular aims to enhance the practical needs of everyday life.” It demonstrates the region’s deep-rooted

cultural aesthetic by showcasing the diversity of design through more than 200 objects, ranging from functional items to exquisitely designed ornaments, and from traditional

handmade textiles to mass-produced furniture. Organised into three categories – (Design

to) Improve Life, Improve Spaces and Improve Relationships – the book is an all- encompassing look at Nordic design, with each page devoted to one object. The Red Thread will be published by Oak

Phaidon on 22 May, with an RRP of £49.95.

project From derelict windmill to contemporary home

A Grade II listed Tower Mill in Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, which had fallen into disrepair has now been developed into a stylish and modern eco-friendly home. As well as having an architecturally stunning exterior, the house

has been designed by Freeman Brear Architects with energy effi- ciency at its core with a biomass boiler, rainwater harvesting system and a mechanical ventilation system that re-uses up to 95 per cent of heat that would have otherwise have been lost. Efficiency specialist Eco Installer worked closely with the archi-

tects, who developed the initial design and details such as a glazed viewing area and mezzanine. Owner Henry Martin said: “I was keen to invest in various

renewable technologies to produce a property with the lowest pos- sible carbon, running and maintenance costs.”

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