The Woodfine House

Location:Preston Park Avenue, Brighton, BN1 6LN.

Description:New build 3 bedroom house.

Client:Private client.

Approximate Cost:Confidential.

The Woodfine house has been designed as a family house for clients and realising a long dream by our clients to self build their own dwelling.

The form of the Woodfine house is defined by the topography the site. The difference in levels from front to back prompted the embedding of the building into the landscape on 3 sides. The design is thus conceived around a courtyard arrangement to bring more light to the heart of the building and an external view from all internal spaces despite the subterranean and deep plan.The two visible elevations from the street are the front, West elevation, facing onto Preston Park and the South flank blank polished white concrete elevation. The solid mass of white concrete contrasts with the large area of glazing to the front elevation. The glazed units to the front at ground and first floor level reflect the trees and landscape of the park opposite, dissolving the volume of the dwelling with the transitional element of the sliding shading screens and the frameless glass balustrade at the balcony level.

Landivar Architects have worked extensively through the Planning process to obtain the necessary consents and then through a detailed construction and working drawing package to facilitate the complex engineering behing the retaining structure.

  • External walls and glazing are highly insulated with a provision for PV and waterheating tubes to the roof.
  • Flat roofs are covered in a green roof hidden behind a parapet wall and planted with sedum and wild grassess.
  • Extensive landscaped planting has been introduced to existing gardens. The proposed planting scheme includes native shrubs and perennials.
  • Hard landscaping has been minimised and free draining hoggin has been used for the primary driveway – it is an easy material to excavate should additional services be required and can be replaced without any wasted materials.

Photography by Emma Marshall.

The scheme was consented in December 2016 and is currently on site and under construction.