Winner of a 2017 RIBA East Award, Marsh Hill was described by the judges as a ‘contemporary house making a bold architectural statement’.

House at Marsh Hill and the winner of a 2017 RIBA East Award

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Emphasising the unusual design – and dramatic location – Marsh Hill creators Mole Architects have used composite VELFAC windows to punctuate the innovative, articulated zinc roof and white painted brickwork facades, and to frame the sweeping views of the nearby Alde estuary.

At Marsh Hill, the long, thin floor plan means that every room looks out – through large, slim-framed VELFAC windows - over the dramatic wetland scenery. The VELFAC system is installed in a series of punch-hole windows, roof level units (to bring extra light into the interior), and in full-height glazed sliding doors in the living and dining areas.

A palette of cool whites, blues and greys – reminiscent of a seagull’s wing, says Mole Architects – is reflected in the finishes selected for the composite VELFAC units. External aluminium framing is finished in soft grey, and inner timber is painted white, blending the window frames into the white-walled interior. The distinctive, slim VELFAC frame design maximises natural light, and enhances the beautiful coastal views.

The highly durable VELFAC system is also ideal for the exposed coastal location; designed to cope with extreme weather conditions, including salt-laden winds, the external aluminium frame requires no repainting for the lifetime of the unit.

The VELFAC system also guarantees low U-values and therefore excellent low energy performance, making an important contribution to Marsh Hill’s sustainability strategy, which includes a ground source heat pump, on-site private well and waste water treatment plant.

Sector: Private home

ArchitectMole Architects Ltd

Completed: 2015

Specified for:

  • Contemporary style
  • Thermal performance
  • Weatherability
  • Slim frames
  • Design versatility