Inhabit Spring 2016

Several of the projects in this issue demonstrate the potential of building within an increasingly common residential context – an existing or newly-subdivided garden plot. Screened from the surrounding street and houses by mature planting, Garden House in London by Threefold Architects features a pair of ‘floating’ masonry forms organised around a striking glass atrium. Hilltop House by Coupdeville Architects, also located within an existing London garden, employs dynamic cantilevers and set-backs to articulate the internal spaces and establish views out. Cheeran House in Berkshire by John Pardey Architects engages spatially and materially with an existing walled garden ­– formerly part of the Basildon Park Estate; and in the centre of a Lincolnshire village Jonathan Hendry Architects has repurposed a large, single-dwelling plot for seven sensitively-designed family houses.

A Leicester house extension by Daykin Marshall Studio employs copper-clad mansard roofs; Gresford Architects‘ Passivhaus dwelling in Berkshire is a modern interpretation of a timber barn and Archmongers has reworked a terraced 19600s house in London. Delvendahl Martin has converted a pair of semi-detached houses in Oxford into a single family home; Sandy Rendel Architects‘ South Street House, on the site of a derelict workshop in East Sussex, is clad in Corten steel; and Strachan House by Moxon Architects is our house In Progress, a linear composition of connected volumes set into a steeply sloping site in Aberdeenshire.

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