The design reinterprets the back-to-back courtyard house
DK-Architects for Musker Developments
Contract value: £5m
Cost per m2: £1,499
This high-density brownfield development of 30 new family homes uses a former factory site in a primarily residential area. Dwellings, including affordable homes, range from 2-bed apartments through to 3 and 4-bed houses in a shared landscaped setting. The architect responded to a client aspiration for architecture that was distinctive and contemporary. Forms are borrowed from the surrounding context. Careful use and repetition of form and distinctive restrained detailing helped develop a strong identity. Considered massing created dual aspect rooms; with large expanses of glass and deep reveals, angled brick window heads and cranked roof windows help generate a clear aesthetic. The design reinterprets the back-to-back courtyard house, with good use of loft spaces and roof terraces.