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  • Writer's pictureLaurence Becker

Harmony in Design: The Happy Harris House Captured Through the Lens

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

Our journey at Atelier73 Architects Ltd has reached a new milestone with the recent photography session of one of our proudest creations, the Happy Harris House. Local photographer Liane Ryan skilfully captured the essence of this dwelling, nestled within the picturesque Essex greenbelt. Join us as we take you on a visual tour of a residence that seamlessly blends modern design with the tranquillity of its natural surroundings.

As you approach the Happy Harris House through a single-track lane, the building reveals itself gradually, offering glimpses that heighten anticipation. Situated within the Essex greenbelt, our architectural gem is thoughtfully set into the sloped site, establishing a connection between the structure and the surrounding landscape.

The Happy Harris House stands as a testament to contemporary design principles, boasting clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic. Modern materials, predominantly vertical cladding, and expansive areas of render contribute to the building's sleek appearance. The architectural vision comes to life through a combination of different elements and varying heights, strategically employed to break up the bulk of the structure and integrate it harmoniously into the split levels of the landscape.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, the Happy Harris House embodies a commitment to sustainability. The thermal mass of the concrete floors, coupled with highly insulated SIP panels, creates an environment of energy efficiency. A sophisticated MVHR (Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery) system ensures that the demand for internal space heating remains minimal, contributing to the overall sustainability of the dwelling.

The Happy Harris House is not just a building; it's a home that prioritizes the well-being of its inhabitants. The thermal mass and insulation provide an excellent ambient internal temperature, creating a comfortable living space that complements the natural beauty of its surroundings. The thoughtful integration of modern technology, such as the MVHR system, demonstrates our dedication to creating homes that are not only visually stunning but also environmentally conscious.

Our pride and joy, the Happy Harris House, gained national attention when it was featured on Building The Dream, Series 8 Episode 9: Essex. This recognition is a testament to the innovative design and meticulous craftsmanship that went into bringing this project to life.

The Happy Harris House is more than just a dwelling; it's a harmonious blend of modern design, sustainability, and a deep respect for the natural environment. As we celebrate the stunning photographs captured by Liane Ryan, we invite you to immerse yourself in the beauty and functionality of this architectural masterpiece. At Atelier73 Architects Ltd we continue to push the boundaries of design, creating homes that not only stand out but also stand the test of time.


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