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31/44 Architects wins planning for three-bedroom house

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] Emerging practice 31/44 Architects has won planning for a private house on brownfield land in Lewisham, south London

According to the firm, which has offices in both Amsterdam and London, the three-bedroom house will be constructed from pale grey brick with a ‘gentle modulated texture’.

The scheme, which will replaces garages, is due to complete in November 2015.

31/44 Architects

The architect’s view

The neighbouring houses are used to a quiet, inactive neighbour so the proposal had to be sensitive to this with the careful positioning of mass and the location of windows. The proximity of neighbours to the south restricted windows at first floor.

The site is hidden behind a conventional suburban street with the rear boundary to the park defined by a stream. Without the need to respond to street pattern or existing buildings the proposal instead grows up out of the centre of its site – thereby also reducing impact on the neighbouring houses. The constraints that define the architecture are comparatively ‘loose’ – this allows the building to become self referential, relaxed and of the landscape.

The ‘front’ facade, that faces the rear of the existing houses, echoes their informal character. This approach results in a gentle arrangement of distinct volumes which become expressive of the plan within. These volumes are given different internal heights to lend hierarchy to the principal living spaces with voids positioned to allow south light into the centre of the house (partly driven due to the restriction of south facing windows). The ground floor is arranged as four rooms clustered around a cross of circulation. The first floor follows this arrangement with a galleried upper hall.

The house will be constructed using a pale grey brick with a gentle modulated texture. This lends the house the stoney/earthy character of the landscape. This distinguishes it from the conventional brick, render and applied half-timber aesthetic of its suburban setting.

31/44 Architects

Project data

Location Lewisham, London
Type of project private house
Client private
Architect 31/44 Architects
Structural engineer Mason, Navarro, Pledge
Tender date January 2015
Start on site date March 2015
Completion date November 2015
Contract duration nine months
Gross internal floor area 165m2
Form of contract and/or procurement traditional
Specific environmental targets Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4

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