Red House

Burges, W [Architect] (2018) Red House. Building.


The research output is a new-build three-bedroom end-of-terrace house in south London. Called Red House, it takes its name from the colour of the brick exterior. Initial research began in 2014 and completed in 2017. The central research question was to investigate and propose a means of providing formal and material continuity of the existing historic fabric using the economics and processes of contemporary construction and statutory regulations. The house is the result of research undertaken by architect William Burges, in his role as founding partner of 31/44 Architects, where he leads the practice’s design direction   Burges’s conducted typological research into Victorian Housing, the processes and materials of Victorian housing and their tectonic expression and research into contemporary codes and legislation. An iterative and reflective design process combined these ideas which, further informed by consultation with numerous stakeholders, resulted in the adoption of broad principles (relief, proportion, order etc) that guided the tectonic expression of the project and defined the production of a modelled form to deal with the complexities of brief, and the geometry of the site.. In turn this led to a technical process in realising the project which included industry sited research including prototyping and iteration in the use of pre-cast concrete to reference historic tiling.   The resulting building, a compact two and a half storey house with angled internal spaces and courtyards, draws on influences including Case Study Housing, James Stirling, Le Corbusier, Edwin Lutyens and Arts & Crafts architecture, and the writings of John Brooke.   Following its completion the research has been disseminated via journals and websites, inclusion in Grand Designs/RIBA House of the Year (2018), lectures and organised site visits and events. It was awarded The Manser Medal in 2018 and has been shortlisted for several awards.

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