Ansham proposes extending a rural hedgerow onto the elevations of a dwelling to improve a critical bird habitat.
As part of a feasibility and ideas exercise, the practice has proposed the extension and diversion of a hedgerow to form the facade of a raised plateau to accommodate migrating birds. The site is located on the fringe of the Oare marshes, home to a range of migrating birds and which rely on the tidal marshes south of the Isle of Sheppey. The form of the proposed dwelling references the unique flat landscape featuring deep intensive green roofing and a sunken ground floor to lower viewing levels to the plateau level. The practice noted the sound of migrating birds nesting in hedgerows alongside the site was impossible to ignore and one of the most important characteristics of the place, binding that sound to the dwelling and its occupiers is central to the concept.