Fountain Drive

London

A project for the construction of six new townhouses within the Dulwich Estate a large, established residential area in South London with extensive areas of mature planting and landscaping. An existing consent was in place for six houses, with Syte Architects obtaining planning permission for a modified design.

The site is steeply sloping, with a mature wooded area occupying a large area of the site towards the base of that slope. The intention is to create new housing that preserves the woodland character of the site. There are twenty one trees with protection orders that are retained as part of the design.

The houses are positioned towards the top of the slope, adjacent to the street frontage. At the front the each house is grouped around a communal driveway. The houses are offset from one another in plan and section to adjust to the existing landscape and the line of the neighbouring properties on either side.

The building has been designed to take account of the adjacent trees, with piled foundations being carefully positioned in relation to the trees. The superstructure is formed of insitu concrete to facilitate the large areas of glazing.

Detailing is crisp and minimal, with a palette of zinc, brick, oak and concrete. Internally the living spaces are located on the lower levels, designed around a variety of double height spaces. Terraces relate to the natural slope of the land and the use of folding glass walls creates a sense of openness between the interior spaces of the new houses and the existing woodland. At upper levels the houses have generous windows framing views out across the tree canopies to the centre of London.

Construction has commenced on site and is due to complete in 2018.