11 December 2017

No. 49 Grey-Brick House by 31/44 Architects

The interior of a design residential in South London

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On an infill site in Lewisham, South London stands a grey-brick house around three courtyards. The two-storey house, named No 49, provides a home for Stephen Davies, who is one of three founders of London and Amsterdam based 31/44 Architects.

From the outside, it might not be immediately apparent just how dedicated to simplicity the building is on the inside. The form and arrangement of the house is derived from a response to the immediate context and site conditions. “The consequent, perhaps subconscious, reaction to the site was to assert permanence – to produce a house with a significant visual mass that would begin to define the beginnings of a completed street,” said the studio. Raised above the street to avoid the risk of flooding, the three-bedroom dwelling has a staggered rectilinear plan at ground level, with the first-floor mass located towards the northern site boundary. The layout is designed to maximize the scheme’s south-facing aspect and establish the interaction between the exterior and interior.

 The two-storey house clearly divides the living space from the sleeping area, while possessing a quiet majesty. The main living areas are positioned to the south blends into the rolling courtyard gardens at the front and rear. Large openings lining these spaces offer views of the outdoor areas and nearby trees. There is an undeniable soothing uniformity of the subtle colour scheme, anchored by warm finishes and brightened by art-filled walls. The house has a quiet, dignified appearance; possible because it reflects the architect’s love for light and space, as well as the rich and seamless tapestry of cultures that define the house’s residents. A curved timber staircase features a large picture window overlooking the street. It leads up to a master bedroom that faces south towards the river and a nearby park. An architect’s home this may be, but it’s no static showcase. The rooms flow into each other effortlessly, and striking art own impressive efforts while giving the house a shot of colour. The same sense of design continues upstairs in the bedrooms. This is a house with a sentimental heart and an ease so natural that it borders on the nonchalant.

Photography is by Anna Stathaki.