Our inspiration for Orchid House comes from the wildlife and landscape
at Lower Mill Estate. A number of Orchid species can be found here,
but it is the camouflage of the Bee Orchid that specifically generated
The house will blend with its landscape and environment. The organic
form is created from laminated veneer lumbar (LVL) ribs and clad
with timber shingles (tiles). The camouflage pattern is burnt to
Orchid House can be located on any lakeshore site, with the main
living spaces floating over the water. Terraces, gangway and pontoon
cascade from the heart of the house as that of the orchid petals.
The house offers flexible living spaces, adopting a layout which
we have pioneered in our house designs. The kitchen is at the heart
of the house with the living and dining wings fanning out to create
an intimate open courtyard around which the house orientates. It
is like a 'whorl' of leaves encircling the seed of the flower.