Covert House

A brilliant response to complex planning issues

· Credit: Christoffer Rudquist

DSDHA for private client

Contract value: Undisclosed

GIA: 128m2

 

Deborah Saunt and David Hills of DSDHA have had to wait a long time to design their own home – but the wait has been worthwhile. Built in a highly restrictive backland conservation area, the result is an unorthodox, semi-underground house that challenges convention.

  • · Credit: Christoffer Rudquist
  • · Credit: Christoffer Rudquist
  • · Credit: Christoffer Rudquist
  • · Credit: Hélène Binet

The two storey house, invisible from the street, is a simple composition of two interlocked white cubes. Limited to single storey height, DSDHA had to half bury the house. The exterior presents itself as a low rise, lightweight architectural piece of architecture, clad in white render, with chamfered mirror reveals. Covert House shows how to unlock such sites to subtly densify our residential areas. Exquisitely crafted, it is a brilliant response to complex planning issues and very good-looking. 

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