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Strata & Lantern House

A pair of new-build individual villas directly responding to the surrounding context

The houses have been designed to read as a pair of individual villas, sharing a similar scale and layout. However, they express themselves very differently through their materiality and form, which respond to the particular constraints of the two houses’ respective contexts, and the varying architectural styles of the surrounding area.

Due to the sensitive nature of the site, Tigg + Coll were approached to develop a design that was primarily driven by the need to sit comfortably with the neighbouring properties, one of which is listed. The tallest parts of both houses have been positioned in the middle of the plot, with pitched roofs that slope down towards the boundaries, to ensure the new development does not crowd the setting of the neighbouring homes.

The house nearest the listed building has been designed in a Neo Arts & Crafts style, featuring long sloping roofs and a bold, simple chimney stack. It reads as a contemporary dwelling, yet references its historical context and the examples of Arts & Crafts housing in the wider area.

The other house is situated on the other side of the site with less meaningful constraints. This has been embraced by adopting a bolder architectural language, featuring a ceramic louvred façade that provides a degree of shading from the sun and privacy to its neighbours. The staggered arrangement of the massing combined with the interplay of the pitched forms allows light to penetrate deep into the plan form and create and activated atrium where activities and relationships, both visual and thematic can overlap, intersect and be enjoyed.

The outcome is set of houses that respond meaningful and directly to their corresponding adjacencies but still sit together in a coherent way. Both have an independence of architectural spirit that does not creating competing concepts more a balanced harmony of Ideals.