Good architecture and design in estate architecture adds exceptional long-term value for property by controlling the look and feel of the houses through a combination of Architectural Guidelines and an active Aesthetics Committee.
An aesthetics committee looks not only for compliance, but also for excellence, practicality, simplicity and plain good design. At Windspur Estate there are strong (not strict or draconian) architectural guidelines that are flexible enough to allow for personal requirements and preferences. The design principles are clear and quite simple and leave a lot of room for individual needs. The rectangular pavilions with the uncomplicated single sloped roofs and flat roof connectors where specifically done so that it can be clearly read without misinterpretation.
Although the plot and plan units where designed as a series of pavilions with a section in the middle as a connection, or in the case of the narrower sites simple roof shapes like a rectangle and a flat roof that juxtapose of each other, the concept of the estate guidelines goes beyond a series of single sloped roofs and I think that is quite clear if one considers all the information.
The intention of the guidelines was to stay away from over intellectualizing the design, and in doing so find common ground with the tranquility and the beauty of the area. Contemporary Architecture has less academic baggage, and suggests a position that is anti-vernacular, comfortable with new materials. In the case of Windspur Estate using local materials & forms an architectural language is used that is contemporary, and generally not steeped in past typographies or traditions.
Glassed in flat roof