MADELINE TERRACE

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Location: South East London

Client: Handsome Properties

Project Year: 2009

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<div title="Page 13"><div><div><p>Originally a dairy with horse- drawn drays, set within a block of victorian terrace houses, the remaining sheds and out-buildings were last used as a taxi garage before falling derelict. The north end of the site was unbuilt and had been used for grazing in the dairy era and during the period of neglect had become a refuge for wildlife. Fierce opposition from the neighbours to any development was turned positive by using the critique as a starting point for the design and layout of the site. The final as-built scheme , develops the southern end of the site with residential units whilst retaining the northern end as a wild garden amenity space.</p><p>The six houses have shared use of the wild garden, which extends across half the site providing a tranquil natural world hidden within the existing terraces. The houses gather around a shared courtyard, reminiscent of a London Mews, separating the properties but small enough to be animated by the life within. These combined shared outdoor spaces are balanced by the provision of intimate private individual gardens and balconies for each of the houses.</p><p>Reclaimed bricks from the previous buildings on site are used to re-build the backs of the mews facing the existing neighbours. The structure of the houses is light-weight timber frame built within this reclaimed masonry. Finishes are simple and low maintenance, using stained timber, render, zinc, and brick. </p></div></div></div>

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