Valley View Gardens, Brighton, England

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Valley View Gardens in Brighton,

17 Jan 2024

Design: Alter Architects

Location: Brighton And Hove, England

Valley View Gardens Brighton England

Photos: Ivan Jones

Valley View Gardens, England

Situated amongst the Sussex downs – these subtle houses postulate a potential future housing idea for small back-land developments. Valley View Gardens comprises four two-storey dwellings, these houses offer adaptable and accessible environments whilst providing a unique architectural proposition that is open, decisive, and daring. These elegant, patterned brick houses are somewhat a contradiction; at one level they have been designed to shield views and maintain privacy, on another they take advantage of better quality of light and maximise views of countryside through beautiful detail and striking architectural form.

Valley View Gardens Brighton England

The client’s brief was to design a series of houses on a back land plot of land. The derelict land, behind a semi-detached row of suburban houses posed problematic with restrictions of access, privacy and overlooking.

Innovation comes in the form of a traditional building material teamed with an architectural and sculptural technical solutions. Pivotal, whilst being sculptural, each house has been designed to slice a traditional gable building mass in four and slide the larger mono-pitch form forward opening an opportunity to shield views, provide covered access and control natural light. Shaping natural lighting comes in many forms throughout the houses; on approach one looks up at the sky framed by the hole cut through the balancing mass – a glass screen flanks the hit and miss brick screen, light trickles down to the entrance.

Valley View Gardens Brighton England

Housing need is a pertinent issue, working on disused and under-appreciated sites, this new model of housing ‘turns a page’ for architectural typologies. These houses offer adaptable interior environments whilst providing a unique architectural expression. The design “future-proofed” the interiors of the houses, to ensure that each house is capable of meeting the future change in needs of the residents. Positioning the staircase central to both floor levels enables users a fuller range of usable space, connective and visible.

The site was derelict land, located behind a semi-detached row of suburban houses which posed problematic with restrictions of access, privacy and overlooking.
The challenge is a site that offered very little development opportunity, within a heavily restricted context – through design Alter were able to proposition a building typology that worked divisively through its sliding forms to develop these four unique houses.

Valley View Gardens Brighton England

Valley View Gardens, Brighton, England – Building Information

Architecture: Alter Architects – https://www.alteruk.com/

Project size: 400 sqm
Site size: 1164 sqm
Project Budget: GBP 1,300,000.00
Completion date: 2023
Building levels: 2

Key products used:
Nelissen Alma / Crest Elgin Blend
Velfac Windows / Doors. Velfac V200E (Triple Glazed) & Some V200 (Double Glazed)
Rooflights: Titan Aluminium Edge Fixed Rooflight, VistaGlaze, The Rooflight Company – Neo
Roof Tiles: Cedral Rivendale Man-Made Fibre Cement Slate Roof
Site Paving: Forterra Aquaflow Purbec permeable pavers

Valley View Gardens Brighton England

Photography: Ivan Jones

Valley View Gardens, Brighton, England information / images from Alter Architects

Location: Brighton, England, UK

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