This project establishes development firmly within the identified settlement area of Gomshall, and in so doing acts to reaffirm and intensify this piece of road frontage within the village centre.
Neighbouring villages such as Shere provide many clues in their pleasing ‘organic’ evolution and intensity of clustered vernacular forms, from which this project draws reference in volumetric composition, scale, and materials. While the proposal brings to the village two small family houses, the overall arrangement of three juxtaposed forms continues the texture of the village across this ‘infill’ site. The topography, with its level change of two metres from north to south, offers opportunities to cut the buildings into the landscape and define amenity spaces for the dwellings at both upper and lower levels. The staggered plan form brings morning light and entraps private space away from the street whilst allowing these houses to maintain public decorum in the village.