The Traffic Lights, Brighton

Delivering good architecture commercially for the open market

The Traffic Lights, Brighton by John Pardey Architects.
The Traffic Lights, Brighton by John Pardey Architects. Credit: Jim Stephenson

John Pardey Architects for Baobab Developments

Contract value: £2.4m

GIA: 1,168m²

These three large detached houses sit on a wooded hillside on the northern edge of Brighton. Each plot is long and narrow with fantastic views. Skilful manipulation of plan and section maximises those views while retaining privacy. The timber-clad boxes that contain the living spaces are stained different autumnal colours, setting up a subtle dialogue between the houses. While clearly a development of three, each house has its own identity and is given individuality by subtle changes to the streetfront fenestration. 

 
  • The Traffic Lights, Brighton by John Pardey Architects.
    The Traffic Lights, Brighton by John Pardey Architects. Credit: Jim Stephenson
  • The Traffic Lights, Brighton by John Pardey Architects.
    The Traffic Lights, Brighton by John Pardey Architects. Credit: Jim Stephenson
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The interiors have a sense of stillness. The quality of detailing is rigorous: every connection, line, joint is perfect. The overall composition has proved strong enough to withstand the pressures of delivering good architecture commercially for the open market. 


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