Form Architecture | Subterranean House
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Subterranean House

The site had been split from a donor property and is used for overflow car parking for the local businesses.


This compact site which is adjacent to residential gardens, required a sympathetic design as overlooking and overshadowing issues had prohibited previous planning applications and the design of a partially subterranean house addressed these concerns and resulted in an approval.


The basement accommodation opened onto a large light well courtyard and a single storey structure at ground level prevents any adverse impact to adjacent properties. The light industrial location of the site informed the use of a robust mesh cladding to integrate with its surroundings. The house has a ‘green’ sedum roof to improve the bio-diversity of the site and to provide a sustainable form of rainwater drainage.