A scheme for a small housing development in Streatham, south London. The majority of the site's context is formed by the rows of the semi-detached houses that are typical of a leafy, spacious interwar suburban development. At the time the street was developed in the 1920s, the intention to build a house at 48 Woodfield Avenue was never realised and the plot has remained empty for nearly a century.
It is likely that the focus of much residential development activity over the coming years will occur in the form of redevelopment and infilling within similar suburban sites. One of the wider architectural concerns for the project was how to develop an architectural language that responds to the context of the suburbs, without necessarily adopting the exact form and detail of the surrounding buildings.
The elevations are designed to respond to the heights and proportions of the neighbouring buildings. The materials used are characteristic of the wider area; a mix of clay tiles, white render and soft red brick. Similarly, the composition of the facade retains the elements that give the surrounding buildings their domestic character; a recessed porch, a projecting bay window, a chimney and a gable end. The intention is to give the new building its own character within the street. Therefore the forms adopted are simpler and the detailing more restrained. The materials palette does extend beyond that used elsewhere in the neighbourhood, with slender metal-framed windows, zinc cladding and generous frameless rooflights. Main construction works are due to commence on site in early 2014.