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House 'with no facades' wins go ahead

Solo architect Suzanne Brewer has won planning consent for this domestic residence in Southfields, south London.

The Courtyard House is also being dubbed the 'house with no facades', and has been backed by its neighbours despite their close proximity.

To be built in a landlocked site surrounded by 10 other homes, Brewer claims the house follows on from the principles set by a Roman Impluvium, a pool that captured rainwater from an opening in the roof.

The site has had previous applications for planning, all of which have been panned, but the site is now set to be used for Brewer's design.

The house is a single-storey courtyard building, sunken to the equivalent of two steps, so the eaves are on the same level as the neighbouring fences.

A green roof has been introduced to reduce the property's impact and camouflage it from the neighbouring gardens.

The result, Brewer states, is a modest three-bedroom house overlooking an internal courtyard, which has no facades.

by Richard Vaughan

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