Plans by emerging practice Alma-nac, for a wedge-shaped house squeezed onto a 20m² plot in Nunhead, south-east London, have been given the go-ahead
The three-storey, 52m² house in Ivydale Road uses a wedge-shaped plan, which the practice says ‘maximises the site footprint’. As a result, the building will taper from 2.8m internally at the front of the site to 1.9m at the rear.
The £260,000 house, on the super-tight site between two terraces, will include one bedroom, a kitchen on the ground floor, and a rear courtyard garden.
Alma-nac director Tristan Wigfall said: ‘With such a small footprint, it was a real challenge to ensure that we could create a comfortable and practical home that satisfied the relevant housing and planning guidelines.
‘We sought to create a bookend to the terrace that tied in with the established pattern of the street while accommodating the additional storey – three storeys as opposed to two within the neighbouring house – that was essential to create the required space.’
He added: ‘With space at such a premium we have tried to create floor plans that are as open as possible and connected via a top-lit central staircase. Circulation space is minimised and all spaces are naturally lit and ventilated.’
Work is set to start on site next month (June), with a completion date scheduled for January 2018.
In addition, Alma-nac has been given the go ahead for plans to design a 18m², single-storey extension to the rear of the existing terrace, next to the Wedge House site, for the same client.
In 2013, Alma-nac extensively remodeled and extended a 2.3m wide terraced house in Clapham, south London.
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The proposal comprises a simple wedge-shaped plan that fully maximises the site footprint, tapering from 2.8m internally at the front of the site to 1.9m at the rear. A ground-level kitchen has views over a rear courtyard garden, with an open tread timber stair connecting to a first-floor living space. At second floor level the full volume of the roof space is used, with roof windows providing natural light and ventilation for a bedroom space and study/dressing room.
In conjunction to the new-build house, a rear extension to the main house completes the proposal. A similar courtyard creates a break between the existing house and the new addition with a vaulted ceiling and roof windows. The new space provides a dining/living area that opens on to an enlarged kitchen with views of both the newly created courtyard and a direct connection to the garden.
Location Nunhead, South East London
Type of project Residential
Structural engineer Constant Structural Design
Main contractor AKC Europe
Tender date April 2017
Start on site date June 2017
Completion date January 2018
Contract duration 8 months
Gross internal floor area 52m² + 18m² rear extension
Form of contract and/or procurement RIBA Domestic Building Contract / Traditional
Total cost £260,000 excluding VAT (construction)