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5 houses by 5 practices

This week the AJ features five houses: three in England, one on the Isle of Man, another in Ireland, each marked by a unique materiality, whether in stone, roughcast, timber or mirrored metal.

Two are revamps of Grade II-listed London dwellings: David Mikhail’s is a Georgian townhouse with laminated larch extension; Jonathan Tuckey’s a Victorian mews refocused around a birch plywood stair. In Dublin, TAKA has added to its portfolio of thoughtfully textured homes (AJ 15.04.10), with a rugged suburban detached scheme expressed in roughcast render.

Alongside these are two rural one-offs. Both are the first new-build detached houses built by their respective architects. In South Gloucestershire, Paul Archer has created a house clad with aluminium that mirrors the landscape. On the Isle of Man, Gort Scott’s Seafield House, built with local stone, is the first building in the Crown Dependency that the AJ has featured since J Phillip Lomas & Partners’ ill-fated Summerland leisure centre 42 years ago (AJ 22.09.71).

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