Pear Tree House

Pear Tree House, London SE22 Property, Architecture, Home, Building, Award

Pear Tree House

Contemporary SE22 Building, London, South East England – by Edgley Design, Architects

17 Nov + 3 Sep 2015

Pear Tree House in London

Pear Tree House

2015 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize Shortlist

Architects: Edgley Design

A planning requirement for a single dwelling on this large back land site has effectively tamed the developer instinct to maximise the value of the site with a multi-unit scheme and freed the architect/client/developer to build this extraordinary family home. The accommodation wraps around an old pear tree that was literally excavated from the rubbish strewn site and has formed the primary generator for the plan.The sequence of living spaces on the ground floor is experienced as a gently stepping promenade through a garden, the plan and section have been resolved to give an interesting spatial layering, and glimpses up through first floor roof lights increase the sense of space. It feels that the building is the result of sculpting out a sequence of internal spaces perhaps heightened by the in-situ concrete ground floor construction. First floor rooms are sky-lit timber boxes with controlled views out, externally simple black cladding panels with aluminium mullions break up the upper volumes and organise windows.

It is hard to believe this is a self-build project developed in on site with friends helping to build. The construction is immaculate and details careful considered and executed. Materials that in other hands could feel opulent are balanced with everyday finishes to achieve an unprecious interior: a deeply innovative and well-crafted composition that is spatially and materially rich, and yet feels wholly comfortable and domestic in nature.

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Architect: Edgley Design
Location: London, SE22
Internal Area: 425m2
Completed: 2013
Cost: Confidential
Client: Jake and Catherine Edgley
Contractor: Pulcher Build
Structural engineers: Hardman Structural Engineers
M&E Engineers: Mendick Waring
Photographer: Nicholas Worley

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Stephen Lawrence Prize

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