Squashed-on Park

Local blogger Richard Elliot has toured the local buildings featured in this year's London Open House weekend, including End House in Crofton Park, The Capitol in Forest Hill, Seager Distillery in Deptford, de Monchaux Studio in the Brockley Conservation Area and Lewisham Arthouse on Lewisham Way.

End House is a neat example of how to squeeze more space out of residential streets. He writes:

My first stop was End House in Manwood Road. The compact three bedroom house was added to the end of a terrace when someone sold part of their garden to a developer. A mecca to minimalism the house has a wedge shape, being narrower at the front than the rear. The architects have produced a fantastic design and the house didn't feel like it contained awkward angles despite none of the rooms being square. 

You can read his report here.

11 comments:

Not said...

It's not made of London Stock or has a slate pitched roof! BURN THEM!

See, you can have modern, interesting homes. I live in a Victorian terrace, perfectly nice but I don't wish to see London housing using that as a template. Especially if pastiched badly.

Anonymous said...

Where is Forrest Hills ?

kolp said...

"The compact three bedroom house was added to the end of a terrace when someone sold part of their garden to a developer." Words to send terror through the bones of Conservationists

oryx said...

When I saw the words 'end house, Crofton Park', I thought it meant that derelict-looking house by the mini-roundabout and the ex-public loo that's been turned into an estate agents (if you know where I mean)!

Just been away and missed Open House weekend....one of these days we'll get to go up The Gherkin, discover some interesting places in Lewisham etc.

Anonymous said...


Words to send terror through the bones of Conservationists


And quite right too. The Manwood Road thing is an eyesore. Let's have buildings that fit in with their surroundings and no more irrelevant and disparaging talk of "pastiche".

The Manwood Road box shows exactly how badly things can be done by architects (I presume there was an architect) who have no concept of appropriateness and can't think out the boxes they were trained to draw.

Anonymous said...

Arlo & Moe do a loverly pastiche, with a side salad.

Anonymous said...

Well said @anon 15.31

Anonymous said...

oryx, do you mean this one?
http://www.phases.org.uk/5news.html
http://www.phases.org.uk/brockleygrove/

Anonymous said...

oryx, do you mean this one?
http://www.phases.org.uk/5news.html
http://www.phases.org.uk/brockleygrove/

oryx said...

That very one, anon @ 15.31.

Great to see it being renovated - it could be a lovely house.

I'm sure I'd read somewhere that its condition was so poor that demolition was the only option, so it's good news this isn't the case. It's an unusual and interesting building.

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