A sense of airiness and generosity inspired by traditional Japanese townhouses
RIBA East Award winner 2021
Haysom Ward Miller Architects for private clients
Contract value: undisclosed
The existing consent on this infill site was for a conventional house set centrally with small rooms looking west across the street. In contrast, this solution was informed by traditional Japanese townhouses that efficiently developed the full area of their small plots with a closely knitted mix of open courtyards, covered external space and fully enclosed interiors. Over the heart of the house the roof pushes up to provide a sense of airiness and generosity, with the surrounding lower areas taking on the character of more intimate alcoves. The project is of simple construction with exposed roof joists.