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Construction begins on Coffey's St Albans house

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] Work is set to begin on Coffey Architects private house in Harpenden, St Albans

The Stephen Lawrence Prize-winning architect’s designs for the 398m2 house feature a large open plan living space which opens out onto the garden.

The five-bedroom house will be clad in contrasting timber and brick.

The scheme will sit on the site of an existing two-storey detached house which will be demolished to make way for the house.

Coffey Architects

The architect’s view

‘The house is composed from two distinct elements. The more traditional cellular spaces are contained within a simple brick and plain tiled ‘house’, typical of the area. The contrasting dark timber clad element interlocks with the house and contains the dramatic double height entrance and circulation spaces as well as an open-plan kitchen, living and dining areas which open to the garden.

‘The black element encroaches into the rear garden offering enhanced living spaces required by the brief while the contrasting elements prevents the house being read as one continuous form, reducing the apparent scale of the building and therefore in-keeping with the existing context.’

Coffey Architects

Project data

Architect Coffey Architects
Location Harpenden, St Albans
Type of project private house
Structural engineer Morph Structures
Client private
Planning date April 2014
Start on site date August 2014
Quantity surveyor Stockdale UK
Main contractor not yet appointed
Gross external area 398m2

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