Architect: 31/44 Architects

St. Aidan's Road
London SE22

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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.


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31/44 Architects

31/44 Architects was established in 2010 by directors William Burges and James Jeffries, with studios in both London and the Netherlands – as referenced in the practice name. Predominantly based in London, near Brick Lane, the practice currently comprises a team of ten architects and architectural assistants.

Projects range in scale from strategic masterplanning through to smaller-scale residential work. Completed projects include a family home in the Netherlands, a mixed-use retail and hotel building in Shoreditch, and a number of one-off individual homes around London. The practice has also recently caught the attention of the architectural press, garnering nominations and awards for No. 49 and The Red House. Projects are characterised by a thoughtful response to context, conceived not in isolation, but growing instead out of the particular conditions of each setting. This results in buildings with an inherent connection to their site whilst ensuring they are also a close reflection of clients’ requirements.

A careful attention to detailing and craftsmanship is common to all 31/44 projects, with each drawn, tested and coordinated through CAD and physical models. In both London and Amsterdam we have assembled strong consultant partners with which to then deliver these projects, ensuring economic, robust and thoughtful buildings.

31/44 have taught an undergraduate studio at Kingston School of Art and Architecture since 2010 and are regular professional practice examiners at a number of architecture schools. Teaching has become a fundamental part of the practice; the constant articulation of ideas, observations and proposals required in the teaching studio also enriches the design studio. It is an essential discipline that continues to help define 31/44.


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