As a practice, we don’t take on many houses now- wanting to focus on larger publicly funded projects where the consequences of architecture can be widely felt. Occasionally, we will take on a private house if there is a wider challenge to be had. Here, on an infill site on a residential street that has previously had a number of rejections there are a number of design challenges – how to bridge two disparate houses that have little in common and no shared urban ambitions, for example.
In addition, there is a stated desire by the client to create a passively efficient building that conforms to Passivhaus standards. The site is far more interesting than a conventional infill – it sits up against a pedestrian route that runs alongside it and joins two residential streets.
This house has recently gained Planning Approval.