This contemporary housing scheme provides three residential units within a tight suburban site on the outskirts of Southampton and was recently published in the AJ (Architectural Journal).
The design is rooted within the existing street scape and has taken inspiration from the ‘twin pitch‘ primary elevations that are characteristic of the existing dwellings on Caxton Avenue. The geometry has evolved and simplified through a considered design process, with the final form a combination of two key elements; a highly insulated wrapping roof element sitting upon a heavy masonry plinth.
The elevational form of the units has been extruded, creating a wrapping element that both frames and protects the living spaces. In doing so, the design frames the views over the valley beyond and mitigates any privacy issues to the neighbouring properties.
Transparency is achieved through the use of full height glazing in the living spaces and is further emphasised through the configuration of the internal layout which allows an uninterrupted line of vision from the entrance to the rear of the property.
The design provides high quality living accommodation with spatially stimulating internal spaces.