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Farshid Moussavi wins approval to build home for parents in Hove


Farshid Moussavi has won the go-ahead, at the second attempt, for a new five-bedroom home for her parents in Hove

The architect’s previous proposal for the site in the Tongdean Conservation Area was rejected by Brighton and Hove Council on the grounds it was ‘unduly dominant and incongruous within the streetscene’ and for its ‘inappropriate roof form, design and detailing’.

The authority’s planning officers were equally unimpressed by Moussavi’s revised designs, which included a reworked shallow hipped roof instead of the two mono-pitched roofs in a staggered arrangement originally proposed.

Despite a recommendation to refuse, the planning committee waved through the scheme, which received three objections and 42 letters of support.

The 694m² scheme will be built from white brick and zinc for the roof.

Moussavi, founding director of Farshid Moussavi Architecture, is curating the architecture room at this year’s Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition.

Farshid moussavi house for parents interior

Farshid moussavi house for parents interior

Project data

Architect Farshid Moussavi Architecture
Location Tongdean Avenue, Brighton and Hove
Area: 694m² 


Readers' comments (4)

  • This is most excellent to see - well done to Farshid. The response of Brighton & Hove Planning Dept is typical of them - negative and uninterested in anything which pushes the boundaries from the conservative norm.

    For such a progressive City on so many other fronts, Brighton & Hove Planning need a real shake up.

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  • Interesting to see in the webcast that the councillors overwhelmingly supported the design http://brighton-hove.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/265141/start_time/9196000 ...

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  • Congratulations on getting it through, and I very much look forward to seeing it gracing our streets.
    (But do Farshid Moussavi's parents not talk to each other?)

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  • What a blank and clumsy looking scheme. I do not blame the planners for rejecting it. I suppose she should be congratulated for persuading the committee...

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