Architect: 31/44 Architects
St. Aidan's Road
This wonderfully engaging three-bedroom house with courtyard garden is positioned at the end of a quiet residential terrace near Peckham Rye Park. Designed by 31/44 Architects for Arrant Land, Red House was completed in 2017.
The building has a striking form and the red-brick façade acts as a contemporary appropriation of materials used in the surrounding Victorian terraces. A pigmented-concrete feature with patterned detailing sits above the threshold, adding richness and texture to the smooth, uniform brickwork.
Through the front door is a double-height atrium, with a short flight of steps that descend to the living space. The wood-slatted balustrade hides a cloakroom with utility cupboard on the right, and opposite there is a separate sitting room or snug. The open kitchen and main living room are situated towards the back of the house, both with access to the very private courtyard garden.
Light to the open-plan living area is from two glazed courtyards and two large skylights. A beautifully designed chimney stack with exposed concrete plinth, part internal and part external, has a pivotal position in the room, rising up beyond the roofline of the building and is tethered to the main structure by concrete supports. A black concrete floor unifies the living space.
Upstairs, there are two bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor, and a master bedroom with en-suite shower room at the top. The oak floors create a softer palette on the upper levels.
There are cleverly conceived storage spaces throughout the house. All three bedrooms have built-in wardrobes, and there is a large crawl space under the stairs at lower ground level.
St. Aidan’s Road is located a short walk from Lordship Lane in one direction and Peckham Rye park in the other. North Cross Road, with its celebrated street market, is nearby, as is the independent Picture House cinema. Lordship Lane has a growing reputation as the home of many fine pubs, restaurants, cafes and delicatessens.
Nearby Peckham and Nunhead are exciting and rapidly evolving areas of south-east London. Peckham was recently listed in The Sunday Times as “the best place to live in London”. Bellenden Road has become a centre for some excellent independent restaurants, bars, and shops, including Artusi, The Begging Bowl and Flock & Herd butchers. The Bussey Building, off Rye Lane, hosts an active and varied programme of yoga/dance classes and workshops, along with a residency from the Royal Court theatre.
East Dulwich, Peckham Rye and Honor Oak Park are the nearest stations, providing easy access to the London Overground (for Jubilee Line connections to Canary Wharf and the City) and rail services to London Bridge, Victoria, Blackfriars, City Thameslink and St Pancras.
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.
31/44 Architects was established in 2010 by William Burges, James Jeffries and Stephen Davies. The practice name references their studio locations in both the Netherlands (Amsterdam) and the UK (London).
The practice works on projects ranging in scale from strategic masterplanning through to smaller scale residential work. Buildings are characterised by a thoughtful response to context – they are not conceived in isolation, but instead grow out of the particular conditions of each setting, resulting in buildings with an inherent connection to their site whilst ensuring that they are a close reflection of their clients’ requirements.
The practice featured in The Architecture Foundation’s New Architects 3, a survey of Britain’s best emerging practices from the last ten years (published in 2016) and was included in Wallpaper*s 2016 Global Architects Directory.
Will co-teaches a design studio at Kingston University School of Architecture.