64 low energy homes and an Energy Centre at Osbaldwick form the first phase of Derwenthorpe. The architecture builds on the rich legacy of Joseph Rowntree’s model village at nearby New Earswick, planned by Raymond Unwin and Barry Parker over a century ago. Large steeply pitched roofs, painted brickwork and striking dormer windows combine to create a distinctive sense of place.
The houses are light and well proportioned with generous flexible rooms and high ceilings giving an overall sense of light and space. All living rooms are dual aspect bringing in ample daylight and allowing cross ventilation throughout the year.
Achievements: RIBA National Award 2017, RIBA Yorkshire Sustainability Award 2017, RIBA Yorkshire Award 2017, RTPI Planning Excellence Award 2014, Civic Trust Award 2014, Building for Life Award 2014, Housing Design Awards 2013, York Design Awards 2013, British Homes Awards 2012
Client: Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
Status: Completed March 2016
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