Carbuncle Cup: 20 Ambleside Avenue, London by Pace Jefford Moore Architects

20 Ambleside Av Front elevation2

This house in south London looks more like an electricity substation than a home

As a rule low energy designs that respond sensitively to context are considered a good thing. This house, in a conservation area in London’s leafy Streatham, meets the demanding Passivhaus standard and has been designed to respond and reflect the scale, massing, materials and detailing of the adjacent 19th century homes.

According to our nominator the architect missed the mark. ‘With its garish colours, unremitting red brickwork, louvered windows and blockish design behind a solid 6 foot wall the house is a clumsy and alien blot on the streetscape. To add to the ugliness solar panels, not normally allowed in the conservation area, have been permitted.’

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