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Case Study: Dromin Community House

Dromin Community House is a modular community housing block for young families; providing comfortable but basic accommodation with shared circulation.

We worked in RIBA Stages 0-2 of the design, and began with a desk-top study of the site; assessing orientation, access, aesthetics and local history. We carried out a site analysis study to inform the design process.

We adopted the latest recognised space standards and furniture requirements, allowing us to design and replicate a functional and efficient layout for the apartments. A shared circulation core and passivhaus principals were integrated into the design process; managing the south-facing orientation for solar gain and solar PV. Highly-insulated walls and recycled-glass cladding wrap the building to create an appealing and sustainable design.

Upon research into the area of Westhoughton, it became apparent that due to supposed folklore the people of this area are known as ‘cowheads’. Our focus to maintain some local history within this new building led to the abstract optional cladding design shown.’

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