- Original design
- 31/44 Architects, 2018
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Following the pattern of the existing terrace, this conversion and extension of a Victorian corner plot in South London re-asserts typological elements of the adjacent terrace to repair the existing out-of-pattern arrangement, while lessening any potential impact of stepping out beyond the established building line.
Charged with providing two 2-bed apartments and a new family dwelling on the site of an end-of-terrace house with side and rear garden, the scheme remodels the existing house into apartments, then adds a new-build house into the side garden to complete the brick and render terrace. This reinstates a formal front door onto the principal street in the existing house and brings a neat close to the repetition of stairs to upper-ground entrance floors that line through down the street, with an angled canopy at the new dwelling entrance.
The scale of the building aligns almost directly with the terrace to which it adjoins, with the brickwork facade broken up with concrete banding at floor and roof levels. Windows and openings in the new front facade reflect those in the existing terrace in size and placement, but are articulated in a more minimal and contemporary way.
The side elevation is deliberately characterful, as it adjoins a Victorian developer’s ‘show street’ of different house styles. A curved corner allows the house to appear thinner and directly references the old pub across the road, while a playful series of blind and real windows combine to produce a facade that balances the language of both historic and contemporary architecture. Visible from the side road too is a first floor glazed room, which echoes the elevated conservatories seen historically on many houses.
Planting has been carefully incorporated into gardens to the rear and purposefully placed planters at front and back to ensure greenery is visible through and over fences and to help both define and soften the front corner.
The house repairs the end of the existing terrace, establishing a more formal turning point to the building line than previously existed, while creating a characterful new building that not only relates to the local context, but also reveals it to be a house of contemporary design.
31/44 Architects is a London-based architectural practice headed by Will Burges and Stephen Davies, comprising a team of nine architects and architectural assistants.
Projects range in scale from strategic masterplanning through to smaller-scale residential work. Current projects include a family home in a converted agricultural barn in Norfolk, a mixed-use arts centre and adjacent new-build hotel at the former Whitechapel Bell Foundry site, and a number of one-off individual homes around London. The practice has also recently caught the attention of the architectural press, garnering nominations and awards for No. 49 and Red House.
Projects are characterised by a thoughtful response to context, conceived not in isolation, but growing instead out of the particular conditions of each setting. This results in buildings with an inherent connection to their site whilst ensuring they are also a close reflection of clients’ requirements.
A careful attention to detailing and craftsmanship is common to all 31/44 projects, with each drawn, tested and coordinated through CAD and physical models. We have assembled strong consultant partners with which to deliver our projects, ensuring economic, robust and thoughtful buildings.
31/44 have taught an undergraduate studio at Kingston School of Art and Architecture since 2010 and are regular professional practice examiners at a number of architecture schools. Teaching has become a fundamental part of the practice; the constant articulation of ideas, observations and proposals required in the teaching studio also enriches the design studio. It is an essential discipline that continues to help define 31/44.
Sara Mungeam of Casa London is a property developer with a passion for interiors. She remodels and creates desirable homes using her trademark minimalist style and attention to detail, which sets her projects apart from traditional developments. Sara is happy to consult on other projects.
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