Twelve Houses London 2004–2007
This terrace of twelve houses replaces a defunct community centre which was itself built in the second half of the C20th on a public green in a north east London residential suburb that dates from the 1920s.

The footprint of the scheme is governed by the position of mature trees around the perimeter of the plot and minimum overlooking distances stipulated by the planners for the surrounding houses.

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    The development provides 60 habitable rooms at a density of 209 habitable rooms per hectare
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    The result is an unusual terrace of three-storey, three and four-bed houses, which weaves in and out of the trees avoiding their roots
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    Mid-terrace dwellings are paired, both front and back, with their neighbours to initiate some social contact
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    The buildings are timber-frame construction and clad in natural cement board. The timber windows are unusually generous especially the dormers which establish a strong rhythm on the long street elevation


  • Appointment: 2004
  • Construction start: 2006
  • Completion: 2007
  • Budget: £1.7m
  • Form of contract: Design & Build
  • Client: L&Q
  • Contractor: Simbar Construction Group
  • Landscape Architect: MCA
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