Recognised from Channel 4’s Grand Designs series, when architect Richard Hawkes designed and built his own family home in rural Kent, the pioneering project had two clear goals: to make it as eco-friendly and as beautiful as possible.
Documented in the 2009 series and later re-visited in 2011, the house, Crossway, became the first retrospectively-certified PassivHaus in the UK, shortlisted for a RIBA award, and was a finalist in the Grand Design Awards.
The foundations of the building were poured with fifty per cent recycled content, the walls insulated with newspaper and sheep’s wool, and the exterior’s clay tile vaulted arch made using Plaster of Paris then covered with a carpet of grass.
With sustainability being a key focus for Roca too, Roca’s bathroom solutions were a natural fit for Richard’s groundbreaking home.
Among the Roca products chosen for this impressive space, known as ‘The Arched Eco House’, were Roca Bol washbasins, Stratum furniture and Hall sanitaryware. All of these fit seamlessly into the family and guest bathrooms while ensuring that Richard and his wife Sophie can be reassured that their choice of bathroom solutions help to fulfill the building’s zero carbon status.
“Roca has a good reputation for sustainability as well as style,” explains Sophie Hawkes. “There’s no reason these days why the two shouldn’t go hand in hand.”