EcoHaus Design Competition, Dorset

Winning achievements
Sunday Times Ideas Competition - Short-listed

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The Challenge

The Sunday Times British Homes Awards, sponsored by the Passivhaus Trust invited submissions for a single stage open design competition from an architectural practice for “EcoHaus” - an aspirationally designed waterside holiday home designed to Passivhaus standards.

Our approach

PassivPod was our answer to the competition brief. It challenges the conventional ‘box like’ living of most homes and invites its inhabitants to live a sustainable lifestyle within a unique and special holiday home like no other. PassivPod is 100% renewable-powered and designed using the latest passivhaus and biophilic principles, with a gentle visual impact that blends into the landscape. With floor-to-ceiling windows, an organic shape and natural materials, PassivPod adheres to the principles of biophilic design while offering a high-end design aesthetic. The informal organic layout of the development complements an outdoor lifestyle, embracing nature and wildlife. The interiors will be bright, spacious and welcoming, providing a healthy and comfortable living environment in all seasons with exceptionally low running costs.

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Sustainable features

PassivPod will be the epitome of a low energy, low water consumption dwelling. A high efficiency mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery will ventilate the house providing high indoor air quality to all rooms. The ‘hybrid’ solar roof will generate 4.2kWp from its flexible solar PV array and a network of pipework directly beneath the roof finish will cool the PV panels and supply heat to a 500 litre thermal store, contributing substantially to the occupants’ domestic hot water demand.


“Mark came up with a wonderful design which maximises the natural attributes of our rural site”

Geoff & Gail Aucock

“Mark came up with a wonderful design which maximises the natural attributes of our rural site”

Geoff & Gail Aucock

“Mark came up with a wonderful design which maximises the natural attributes of our rural site”

Geoff & Gail Aucock

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