Our main priority is helping clients make great architecture that serves their needs and responds in a vital way to its context and cultural surroundings. In order to do this and to further the studios own knowledge base we invest in a wide programme of research which enables us to be inventive and to find new and sometimes unexpected solutions to the problems that we are posed.
We work in collaboration with like-minded consultants in order to further our thinking and skill level and since our inception, we have always looked to develope concepts grounded by good research that have a light touch on the planet, are low in carbon and energy-use. We look to our research to help us and our clients mitigate the impact of climate change.
Envisaged as a modern interpretation of the mass house building aesthetic, set amongst an eclectic street scene in the suburbs of SW London, WR house showcases what is possible on a limited budget and within tight legislative planning constraints.
Meeting all national space standard requirements, WR house is constituted from one type of contemporary brickwork, formulated in a range of bonding and coursing techniques.
The fenestration has been lined with a copper shroud to add subtlety to the detailing whilst also offering the property an element of originality that echoes the ornate detailing last seen around residential fenestration openings in the Victorian period.
The private amenity areas benefit from large expanses of glazing to the façade to give the occupants a sense of being within the lush external environment, whilst the front of the house fenestration is much more traditional and complimentary to the surrounding vernacular.
All aspects of the architectural brickwork detailing have been carefully considered. Externally a projecting brickwork relief helps to express one of the houses volumes, whilst the other is more calm and restrained, utilising a more traditional brick laying method to define the volume. Internally, exposed brickwork, matching that used externally creates design features, such as the fire place and associated chimney to give the open plan living area a contemporary focal point.
Photography: Ben Tynegate