Case Study: Focus House

About Focus House

Focus House is a multi-award-winning eco home offering inventive living spaces flooded with natural light. It was designed by Bere Architects and completed in 2006.

Internally, the house offers 1,350 sq ft of space, including an open-plan reception room and kitchen, three bedrooms, a study, a bathroom and a separate shower room. The reception room has Scandinavian-made full-height retractable glazed doors onto a pretty south-facing garden, which also contains a separate outbuilding, currently used as an office.

The house has been built on a wedge-shaped landfill site between two existing Victorian houses, with a narrow street frontage and a much wider rear elevation. There is no house directly opposite, so from inside you can see right through the ground floor from the garden at the back to the trees on the opposite side of the street.

The Structure

This metal box was the design of Bere Architects

This particular project won many awards including:

  • Channel 4’s Grand Design for ‘Best ECO House’
  • Royal Institute of British Architects Award
  • ‘Best Small House of the Year’ British Homes Award

System:   Long strip standing seam roof and angle seamed walls @ 525mm c/c

Materials:  0.8mm VM Zinc Quartz PLUS on cut-to-falls Foamglas insulation

Substrate:   Fully supported KLH laminated timber panelled structure