Christies Care Office Building
Christies Care arranges live-in home care for a wide range of people throughout the UK. Our brief was for a new office building to house about 60 people, next to their existing buildings on the edge of Saxmundham in Suffolk. The decision was taken to focus on two aspects of greenness: in the selection of materials and energy economy, targeting an EPC 'A' rating, and following Passivhaus principles.
The building is a simple two-storey box with a pitched roof. The long axis runs north-south, so that the windows along its side walls face east and west. The deeper and more open offices are on the west side, so the windows are larger there than on the east.
Wet services are at the north end and on the south there is a generous glazed screen to the café, with a deep canopy to protect it from summer sun. Above it, at high level in the gable is a circular window. This will allow sunshine to track across the open office on the first floor, and is actuator-operated to help purge hot air in summer.