[First look + plans] The AJ can reveal the first planning success for Huge Architects, an emerging Liverpool-based practice established just over a year ago
The studio’s Black House, a ‘mews’ house on a small site to the rear of Hope Street in the Mount Pleasant conservation area of Liverpool, was granted approval earlier this summer.
The scheme is 4.8m wide by 10.3m long.
Project architect Philip Owen said: ‘It is quite rare to get a planning application in this conservation area. It’s also quite striking, quite a modern building.’
Reluctant to mimic the grand buildings surrounding the site, Huge wanted a modern design that would stand out in its own right and add to the vitality of the conservation area.
So as not to challenge the Georgian terrace on Hope Street, Huge’s design keeps to the scale and random aesthetic of Arrad Street. However, black bricks were selected as a ‘bold gesture to mark the corner’ and to prevent it from being overpowered by its imposing neighbours.
Huge Architects is made up of only two architects, who both worked on the scheme, Owen and Hector Vilalba.