The owners of the site in St Albans approached us to design a new house to replace their existing building. Following an analysis of their living habits and patterns, a unique typology of a residence occurred. By bringing the garden into the house, the design entrusted the core internal courtyard to link all areas throughout the different levels.
To minimise the circulation and allow the maximum floor space possible within the planning building lines, all habitable and usable spaces came to be accessible from the staircase, wrapping around the internal courtyard. The result entitles each room to its own level, with the landings only two steps difference from the next/previous. This creates an easily usable staircase with a slow rise and interesting views, connecting all various activities.
The exterior of the building, considerate of the design principles and materials of the context area, is a fine example of how a contemporary design can easily blend into a traditional setting without compromising its aesthetics. This results in bright interiors with immediate connection to the outside, accommodating in full the requirements of a family of 5. Another achievement was the integration of active and passive sustainability features to reduce operational costs and carbon footprint and improve the overall efficiency of the new home.