The Covert House / DSDHA

first_img “COPY” photographs:  Christoffer Rudquist, Helene BinetPhotographs:  Christoffer Rudquist,  Helene Binet Contractor:Whiterock EngineeringStructural Engineer:Price & MyersServices Engineer:Max Fordham LLP
Enabling Architect:Knox Bhavan ArchitectsDesign Team:Deborah Saunt, David Hills, Matt Lambert, Emma CanningCity:LondonCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Helene BinetRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsText description provided by the architects. DSDHA has completed a family home, known as the Covert House, which lies hidden from view in the heart of a conservation area in Clapham Old Town, London. Set in a pastoral landscape of mature trees and gardens, the house acts a case study for testing several hypotheses. These span from interrogating the idea of the ‘domestic’ at the beginning of the twenty-first century, through to how sustainability might be integrated into high quality design without compromise. In addition, at a strategic urban scale it asks how a global city like London might provide new housing within its fiercely defended low-density backlands, close to the historic centre.Save this picture!© Helene BinetAs a modest family home, the house is designed with a few simple rules; to use the most sustainable design principles possible whilst deploying a limited material palette, yet creating a sense of domesticity within a concrete armature, that does not disturb its sensitive setting and the 23 neighbouring properties adjoining the site. Materials are either concrete – cast on site, left raw and unfinished, or precise and highly articulated – read against ‘whiteness’, be it in the form of natural light, controlled and carefully calibrated to bring animation and delight deep into the plan, or represented though the use of white as a finish for all the remaining surfaces beyond the concrete. The resultant design is precise and sculpted; materially rich yet calm as a place in which to live.Save this picture!© Christoffer RudquistSet partially into the ground to limit its height and provide thermal mass, the house has lower floor lightwells and an elegant white concrete stair that effortlessly mediates the spatial experience between levels within a double height space. The clarity of the architecture echoes the carved forms of the artist Chillida, and is predicated on an engagement with craft and specificity, at a time when standardisation and off-site construction are widely promoted. The project represents an insistence on combining everyday needs with a search for new forms of beauty. The house has been shortlisted for an RIBA London Award 2015.Save this picture!© Helene BinetSave this picture!Sectioned AxonSave this picture!© Christoffer RudquistProject gallerySee allShow lessEstudio Barozzi Veiga’s Philharmonic Hall Szczecin Photographed by Laurian GhinitoiuArchitecture NewsA Guided Tour Of The 2015 Milan ExpoArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard The Covert House / DSDHASave this projectSaveThe Covert House / DSDHA United Kingdom Projects CopyAbout this officeDSDHAOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLondonHousesUnited KingdomPublished on May 08, 2015Cite: “The Covert House / DSDHA” 08 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodClick Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownAcousticKvadrat AcousticsAcoustic Panel System in AMOREPACIFIC HeadquartersStonesCosentinoSilestone® Surfaces – Loft SeriesWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – NestAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamStoolsWilkhahnOffice Stool – Aline-SBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsUniosHorticultural Luminaire – Kobe FloMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  135 m² Area:  135 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Houses 2015 2015 Save this picture!© Christoffer Rudquist+ 20 Share Year:  Architects: DSDHA Area Area of this architecture project Photographs CopyHouses•London, United Kingdom ArchDaily Year:  The Covert House / DSDHAlast_img read more