This scheme, 'The Wrapped Terrace', was an entry to the 2010 Daily Telegraph British Homes Awards Design competition. The scheme was short-listed by the Panel of Judges, chaired by the Immediate Past President of RIBA, Sunand Prasad. Announcing the shortlist, RIBA President, Ruth Reed, said: "With the homes that each of us live in accounting for 27% of the carbon we emit, refurbishing the housing stock becomes a top priority. All of the architects short listed for this award have already demonstrated design flare in schemes that combine practical solutions and innovative ideas."
The design proposes the refurbishment of four terraced houses in Sunderland to improve their energy efficiency and provide a range of spaces with the flexibility for modern lifestyles. The existing brick houses are wrapped with a new skin of external cladding and insulation. The identity of each individual home within the terrace is maintained by subtle variations in the colour of the cladding. A new, super insulated zinc roof creates an additional storey of accommodation. The saw tooth profile and orientation of the new roof is conceived to make the most efficient use of sunlight falling on photovoltaic and solar hot water panels.
At ground floor level a small zinc and timber lined extension forms a sheltered and welcoming entrance porch. A timber wall organizes the spaces internally and visually connects the extension and garden to the open plan living room and kitchen. A second zinc and timber lined extension to the rear creates additional living space and creates a more open connection to the rear garden.
Architect Alison Brookes, a member of the jury, commented that: 'The plans are carefully considered and modest but the result is a real transformation'.