Brockley's "Invisible House"

The architects behind a planned "invisible eco house" on the corner of Geoffrey Road and Manor Avenue have written about their design here. The Jak Studio team say:

Last year Kevin and Mac approached us to look into the possibility of realising their dream to build upon a small plot of land with derelict garages they jointed owned in leafy Brockley. The site historically occupied by a coach house for the grandiose homes of the local dock owners was certainly challenging. Positioned on a prominent corner within a conservation area and Flanked on either side by communal gardens full of mature trees the scheme required some lateral thinking! 

The scheme proposes a subterranean basement complete with sunken garden and contextual brickwork storey at street level house the bedrooms. At first floor a high reflective glass ‘mirror box’ camouflages the living accommodation and a roof terrace completes the scheme.

The scheme itself has been designed with Sustainability in mind from the outset, a ‘super insulated’ air tight structure will aspire to meet the principles of ‘passivhaus’, whereas a wood chip burner and photovoltiacs will seek to utilise renewable energy sources for heat and power.

Located opposite the nearly-finished Cedar Mews development, it offers a similarly sensitive approach to building modern, ambitious high-density housing in the middle of a conservation area, without resorting to pastiche. They hope to secure planning permission by the summer.

12 comments:

Planning Nazi said...

I don't hate it!

Tamsin said...

Better if they could use London stock brick (preferably second hand) and Flemish bonding for the brickwork. And I remain to be convinced as to what those mirrors will actually reflect throughout the year. But 10 out of 10 for effort.

Croftylady said...

It looks lovely in the simulated pictures. I used to live right by there and the trees are a real feature of Manor Avenue (bit of a nuisance at leaf fall tho). I don't see how they can do the build without damaging the trees.

JPM said...

I live in Manor Avenue, and I like what is being proposed more than what is now being constructed at Ashby Mews.

It's a relief to see some thought and consultation going into a development. I wish Kevin and Mac well with their venture.

headhunter said...

They applied for planning permission on this site a couple if years ago, many local residents objected and planning permission was refused... Not least because it blocked windows in the building on manor ave...not sure why they would achieve permission this time....

Brockley Nick said...

I can't see, what windows does it block?

No said...

Surely it will just reflect Cedar Mews which is opposite?

urbanfox said...

love the roof terrace - And what an improvement on the current eyesore derelict garages.

LM said...

It's nice to see architecture that doesn't attempt a pastiche of what's gone before. I love it.

dim wit said...

Just had a letter from Lewisham Council - permission granted for this development. Vive le glass house.

Big Society said...

Society 1 Brockley NIMBYS 0


Well done.

Richard Elliot said...

I believe the reference number is DC/13/84986 if anyone wanted to take a look in detail at the application on Lewisham Planning department website

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