Capitalises on its irregular site with ingenious arrangement of bed and bathrooms
London RIBA Regional Award 2019
Jonathan Pile Architect for private client
Contract value: £518,000
GIA: 149m² Cost per m²: £3,476
This urban courtyard house responds sensitively to the nearby grade I listed St Paul’s Church through its scale, and its use of black-stained timber references the area’s traditional houses. The timber sits modestly above the original brick wall to the street. The building capitalises on its irregular site through ingenious arrangement of bed and bathrooms, united by living space arranged around a courtyard. Glazing is well deployed, maximising the stunning views beyond the brick wall to St Paul’s. The house respects neighbours’ privacy through carefully located windows with deep reveals and oblique views, so they are never directly overlooked. The architect has adeptly managed many party wall awards, and the sewer running below the site, to deliver a successful project. The exposed timber, particularly in the top-lit living space, makes for a warm, welcoming, family home.