Tricky site adepts vPPR have won planning approval for an unusual two-home scheme on a neglected backland plot in Brent, north London
The design features a square block split diagonally in plan, creating a mirrored pair of four-bedroom family homes with a shared entrance and courtyard.
A timescale for the 246m² project off Connaught Road is not yet known.
The playful geometry of the design – a pure square divided into two triangles with a diagonal party wall – explores ideas of co-living and shared space in a constrained site. This formal arrangement brings a dynamic quality to the internal layout and allows each dwelling to benefit from dual-aspect views, with equal frontage on both sides.
The ground floor of each house is primarily open plan with a double-height triangular void at its heart, flooded with light from triangular skylights overhead. The staircase runs along the diagonal party wall and leads to a first floor walkway, off which the bedrooms and bathrooms are located. The two triangular voids in plan form a conceptual shared square together at the heart of the development. The bedroom roofs project upwards towards the perimeter, drawing the outside in.
The two interlocking volumes form a single object in the garden
Square terraces are cut out of the four corners of the plan, creating pockets of private and shared external space. The site is surrounded by a wall of tall, mature trees which create natural screening to the site. Each brick house is assigned a different grey colour tone, one light and one dark, bringing identity to each. The houses are treated as two interlocking volumes forming a single object in the garden.
Location Brent, London
Type of project Residential
Client St James Property Developments UK
Architect vPPR Architects
Landscape architect N/A
Planning consultant Line Planning
Structural engineer Michael Baigent Orla Kelly
M&E consultant N/A
Quantity surveyor N/A
Main contractor N/A
Tender date To be confirmed
Start on site date TBC
Completion date TBC
Contract duration TBC
Gross internal floor area 246m²
Form of contract and/or procurement N/A
Total cost TBC