Pitched Black House, South London Residence, Dulwich Property Extension, Architecture Images
Pitched Black House, South East London
28 Feb 2022
Pitched Black on 2022 RIBA London architecture awards shortlist
Pitched Black is one of 68 projects shortlisted for the 2022 RIBA London architecture awards:
30 Nov 2020
Pitched Black House
Design: Gruff Architects
Location: 8a Tyrwhitt Road, South East London, SE4 1QG, England, UK
Photos by French+Tye
Pitched Black is a new-build four-bedroom family home for Gruff Architects’ director Rhys and his young family.
A technically challenging and tight back land site, the plot became known to the practice as the yard of a local builder, with whom Gruff had worked on numerous projects previously.
Located in a conservation area and bounded on one side by a railway cutting, the site posed many design and logistical challenges.
The first floor, clad in black timber boards is pitched 10 degrees away from the boundaries to diminish the perceived mass of the building from the neighbouring gardens. Below the masonry-built ground floor, a contiguous piled concrete basement offers additional living space and a guest bedroom.
The glazing is to the side and rear elevations with no windows on the front elevation, maintaining privacy from the rear of the neighbouring houses.
The house’s primary outlook is therefore the tree-lined railway cutting. With no immediate buildings in this direction, this offers the house a panoramic vista of ‘private green space’; a rare commodity in a built-up suburban area of London.
Whimsical, fun and, at times suitably indulgent, the project has brought together collective ideas from the whole office, and Rhys’ family and been a fantastic opportunity to test and execute a variety of ideas developed throughout the practice’s history.
Pitched Black House, South East London – Building Information
Architect: Gruff Architects
Contractor: Marval Developments
Structural Engineer: Built Engineers
Client: Rhys Cannon & Joanna Brindle
Location: 8a Tyrwhitt Road, London, SE4 1QG
Size: 4 Bedroom family house – 1631 sq ft
Project Value: £600k
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