The LandARK from ZedFactory treads lightly on the coppice clearing

I was surprised to see a tiny home on Michael Janzen's Tiny House Blog attributed to ZedFactory. Bill Dunster's firm is known for its urban projects, and its philosopy would seem to contradict the very idea of the tiny house in the landscape. Indeed, on his philosophy page, he writes:

Reasonably maximise development density without loss of amenity in urban and suburban areas. Land is possibly the most precious resource of all.

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It would seem that the LandArk is a contradiction, but Dunster doesn't think so. And if you are going to stick a tiny house in a "backgarden, a hillside, a coppice clearing (a form of forest management0 or maybe even a corner of somebody's car park", it might as well be as green as it can be. It tries to tread lightly:

The LandARK concept is designed to be a semi-permanent structure therefore the complex planning of a permanent building is reduced and it allows siting in areas of outstanding natural beauty. The ethos of ‘tread lightly’ is key to the design which means major groundworks and grid services were ruled out during the design process. Yet the landARK is a robust year-round solution.

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Dunster designs it to be a mix of old and new, using medieval timber framing techniques that enable the frame to be made of "man handleable pieces" that can be delivered on pallets. It is all held together with locking wedges without any metal components.

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Being a Dunster design, of course it is made from sustainable materials, is solar powered, and has a green roof. "It also doesn't need a connection to the drains or the meter unless you do". I don't quite know what this means, although Dunster also mentions that it "includes water tanks with options to connect to a standpipe" which makes it sound like an RV.

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It does seem odd, to see Zedfactory designs sitting in a field of daisies. I think of Bill Dunster and Zedfactory as committed urbanists, doing some of the most interesting and green multifamily developments in all of the UK. The LandArk is an interesting diversion. Perhaps it is important that it was designed in 2009; a lot of people were thinking we might have to head for some ark in the hills at that time. It is kind of feeling that way again right now.

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Although I do wish it had a different name, I keep thinking LandShark!

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