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SOUP unwraps wedge-shaped home

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] SOUP Architects has completed this cedar-clad home in the back garden of a suburban house in Thames Ditton, Surrey

Built along the boundary wall at the base of the house’s existing garden, the new four-bedroom home is orientated to minimise overlooking from an apartment development to the east while maximizing afternoon sunlight.

The first floor of the house is clad with vertical western red cedar battens above a lower storey of finished with dark grey smooth render. Internally the use of a dark american walnut, polished concrete, with an off-white wall finish aims to gives the project a ‘warm material richness’.

The sustainable building has a ‘highly insulated’ fabric and an integrated heat recovery ventilation system along with solar water panels and a rain-water harvesting system.

Architect’s view

Patrick Walls, director, SOUP Architects

The challenge was to create a modern freestanding house for three generations of family on an unassuming suburban garden plot.

Our design approach to the irregular shaped site was to create a relaxed, informal series of spaces orientated to maximise afternoon and evening sun to the principle living areas while minimising overlooking to and from its neighbours. The angular living spaces are positioned centrally on the site and open out to the garden via a six-metre triple track pocket window that slides out of view. The cantilevered, cedar clad first floor is angled to accommodate the retained trees on the site and forms a canopy to the main entrance.

Project data

Client Private
Architect SOUP Architects
Structural engineer BTA Structural Design
Building contractor Young Construction Management Services

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