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Approval for camouflaged house in Bristol

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3W Architecture has finally won planning permision for this hidden house which ‘mimics’ the surrounding stone terraces in Avon Gorge, Clifton in Bristol

Submitted for planning last year, the 390m² hillside home split local opinion but was recommended for approval by the planning officers and was backed by both English Heritage and the Bristol Urban Design Forum.

The London-based outfit has been working on the five-bedroom house for developer Chest Properties for three years.

Speaking after the decision last night practice founder Andrew Wells said: ‘This is not a ‘look at me’ house. It is responsive and responsible. It will preserve and enhance the conservation area and add a level of intrigue that can only be positive. There will be no harm to its setting or the conservation area as a whole. Even the objectors who described the proposals as ‘grotesque and monstrous’ have had to circle the proposal in the computer generated visualisation so that people can see where the house is. Hardly grotesque or monstrous.

He added: ‘A lot has been said about this building by the people objecting to it. Some comments have been made without a full understanding of the design or the exact location of the site.
‘This building will sit well in its setting; it will be sustainable, it will fully comply with all statutory requirements, it will have good levels of day lighting. It will not only preserve the conservation area but enhance it.

A future timescale is not yet known

Previous story (AJ 31.05.2011)

I spy….a camouflaged house in Bristol

[First look + plans] 3W Architecture has submitted plans for this hidden house which ‘mimics’ the surrounding stone terraces in Avon Gorge, Clifton in Bristol

The 390m² hillside home has been designed so it is ‘not apparent at first glance’ with its rubblestone walls, planted roofs and frameless slit windows.

According to Andrew Wells, founder of the London-based practice, the five bedroom house for developer Chest Properties has taken two years to draw up. The terraces were created in the early 1800s and sit within the Clifton Conservation Area.

A decision on the proposals is expected to be made by Bristol City Council’s planning committee on 7 July.


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  • Anyone else left with the feeling "Whats the point?" The natural cynic in my just sees this as an attempt to placate planners and instead of an interesting architectural statement it ends up just being a gimmick and a compromise. Seems an awful lot of space given over to car parking too. I'd be inclined to loose a car and gain more accommodation but then again i have more sense than money.

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  • 'Grotesque and monstrous'? It is almost unbelievably demure. Took me two minutes to find it!

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