Monday28 July 2014

Baca Architects director designs mews with private courtyards for south-east london

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Each of the three houses in Forest Hill will feature studio space and will share a communal yard

Robert Barker, a director of Baca Architects, and his architect wife Jessica Lawrence have started on site with their designs for a group of three mews houses in Forest Hill, south-east London.

Built around a shared central yard, each of the properties has its own private courtyard set between living and workspaces. Each courtyard forms the centre of the open-plan ground floor, with living on one side and studio on the other.

The unusual layout is designed to suit the couple who have designed one of the houses as their own home. Both enjoy creating, making and working at home but do not want to feel detached from the rest of the house.

“We felt it was important that each house had a private courtyard,” says Barker, “but we liked the idea that it could open onto the communal yard so that people could spill over, for parties, open studio exhibitions or just for a bit of extra space when needed.”

Forest Mews, Forest Hill, London by Baca Architects

Ground floor

Inspired by views of ivy growing over the trees in wintertime, seen from the upstairs of the existing property, the architects devised green facades as vertical maze-like gardens. These geometric green walls also extend in planted strips across the surface of the courtyard, to unite the properties in a “green oasis”.

The buildings are all single aspect, and so the challenge has been to use large areas of glazing to bring as much light into the spaces as possible.

The project has started on site this month and is scheduled to take 12 months to complete.


Readers' comments (7)

  • zecks_marquise

    too clever by half

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  • One way and thats up!

    interesting can't see how all the private courtyards spill onto the large communal courtyard this only happens in two of them, would help if BD actually provided plans + sections to understand the buildings more!

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  • There will certainly be challenging working drawings for the various contractors to follow. Reminiscent of student schemes really.

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  • Voronoi Green Fluff; my favorite Part 2 theme.

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  • Mike Duriez

    Interesting project. It reminds me of this scheme:

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  • We already have a candidate for the next Carbuncle Cup.

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  • It is wonderful to see architects having the courage of their convictions and building - what look like will be - extraordinary new houses. Love the fact that the green walls are cleverly integrated into the architecture. Will be interested to see the finished development.

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