Leading by example, Robert and his wife, Jessica, are showing what can be done with good design to regenerate a backland site in the new hot area – South East London.
The new houses will not only be home to Jessica and Robert and their future neighbours, but also a showcase for the kind of architectural ideas, interiors, landscape and furniture design that Baca Architects, and also Jessica, can offer.
Robert and Jessica’s concept was to create three unique, carefully crafted properties tied together by a common design language and arranged around a shared central courtyard. The mews is almost invisible from the street, apart from the gateposts and long drive leading to the rear of suburban Victorian gardens.
Inspired by views of ivy growing over trees in wintertime, all three houses will be clad with striking green walls, trained to a geometric pattern. The vertical gardens are united by green bands across the courtyard, set between resin bound gravel.
The branches of the green walls provide privacy to the large triple-glazed windows, which in turn provide ample natural light and glimpsed views of trees in neighbouring gardens.
Each house features:
- A private courtyard at the centre of the open-plan ground floor living and studio
- Vertical gardens and green roofs
- Full-height, triple-glazed windows
- Stone carpet (gravel bound into resin) and smooth resin floors and stairs
- Bespoke kitchens with corian worktops
- Sky lit bathrooms with floor to ceiling glass paneling (instead of tiles) and built in cupboards
- Super high-performance insulation for low energy bills and provision for solar panels to be installed
- Underfloor heating throughout
- Rainwater recycling and storm water attenuation
- Additional features in some of the houses include double height space, walk on glass floor, built-in cupboards, en-suite wet room, sliding folding doors and a bright red bath
- The homes will be completed in early spring 2014, when we will be showing interested friends and clients around and helping to visualise what they could do with their own houses.