Urban Villa

 

Design Development
Camden, London

 

 

Fundamental insights gained from the ‘Modular Townhouse’ study below are applied to this project. The plans are further developed into a mix of one, two and three-bed flats and a four-bed maisonette. The ground floor is occupied by flexible commercial units. The entrances to the upper floors are from the sides of the building.

 

This is a model typology that could be applied to many different sites, achieving a high standard of double aspect living with integrated outdoor space. The building structure and dimensions allow for a future change of the tenure mix. The design allows for adaptions to individual layouts, which can be mirrored front to rear, depending on residents' preferences.

 

 

Modular Townhouse Study

 

In response to unresolved challenges of the housing and rental market crisis, the study is concerned with the development of a contemporary version of the nineteenth century low-rise terraced townhouse which allows for conversion into individual flats and shared houses. This tenure-blind typology traditionally resulted in neighbourhoods with an urban density and a rich mix of residents living side by side. With a limited amount of residents using the same front door, this design has the potential to achieve a good balance between interaction and anonymity. A readily available, more accessible contemporary version of this versatile typology could be easily adopted by self-building groups or small scale developers on various sites.

 

The ‘Modular Townhouse’ proposed complies with UK space standards and can accommodate Life Time Homes and wheelchair requirements. It is designed to meet demanding environmental targets, including Passivhaus. With its particular size and a standardised core layout, the townhouse accommodates a large variety of tenure types and layouts. The building and individual units are easily adaptable to cater for changing life circumstances. All flats are double aspect. The layouts of the larger house can be mirrored front to rear, depending on the desired views. A wheelchair lift can be retro-fitted in the hall, which has space allocated for this purpose. The house can be pre-fabricated or built using traditional building techniques. The architecture strikes a fine balance, being sympathetic to both old and new urban contexts.

 

 

Urban Villa

 

Design Development
Camden, London

 

 

Fundamental insights gained from the ‘Modular Townhouse’ study below are applied to this project. The plans are further developed into a mix of one, two and three-bed flats and a four-bed maisonette. The ground floor is occupied by flexible commercial units. The entrances to the upper floors are from the sides of the building.

 

This is a model typology that could be applied to many different sites, achieving a high standard of double aspect living with integrated outdoor space. The building structure and dimensions allow for a future change of the tenure mix. The design allows for adaptions to individual layouts, which can be mirrored front to rear, depending on residents' preferences.

 

 

Modular Townhouse Study

 

In response to unresolved challenges of the housing and rental market crisis, the study is concerned with the development of a contemporary version of the nineteenth century low-rise terraced townhouse which allows for conversion into individual flats and shared houses. This tenure-blind typology traditionally resulted in neighbourhoods with an urban density and a rich mix of residents living side by side. With a limited amount of residents using the same front door, this design has the potential to achieve a good balance between interaction and anonymity. A readily available, more accessible contemporary version of this versatile typology could be easily adopted by self-building groups or small scale developers on various sites.

 

The ‘Modular Townhouse’ proposed complies with UK space standards and can accommodate Life Time Homes and wheelchair requirements. It is designed to meet demanding environmental targets, including Passivhaus. With its particular size and a standardised core layout, the townhouse accommodates a large variety of tenure types and layouts. The building and individual units are easily adaptable to cater for changing life circumstances. All flats are double aspect. The layouts of the larger house can be mirrored front to rear, depending on the desired views. A wheelchair lift can be retro-fitted in the hall, which has space allocated for this purpose. The house can be pre-fabricated or built using traditional building techniques. The architecture strikes a fine balance, being sympathetic to both old and new urban contexts.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
Single large Townhouse

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
Possible tenure combinations nurturing mixed communties

 
 

 
Large and small house with identical core

 
 

 
Shared or single family house

 
Large house with flats or stacked duplexes

Fit-out with four flats