A small retirement house designed around the needs and the favourite
books, paintings, furnishings and objects of its octogenarian inhabitant.
The garden - a wild profusion of plants rather than manicured lawn - screens
and mediates between the new and main house, allowing for both privacy
as well as a connection between the households of the mother and that
of the daughter living in the main house. Lounge and main bedroom of the
new house are connected by an inverted glazed corner into which a tall
vertical opening is set to afford a view of the nearby Brixton tower.
The western wall of the living area is blank in order to display books
and paintings. A long skylight above admits midday and afternoon sunlight
– an important criterion for the client. The layout is strongly
informed by the client’s furniture and possessions offering a sense
of security and continuity in a new home.
The abstract qualities of the corrugated cladding creates a calm but
finely grained foil to the shared garden and together with the 1920’s
type steel windows the building echoes the vernacular repertoire of
Team: Thorsten Deckler, Anne Graupner, Stephen Reid, Philippa Frohwein, JJ Uys