Ardlui Road is a new build house and studio for an artist and print designer in South London and sits on a backland site formally occupied by garages.
The house and studio are oriented around three existing trees, a lime, a birch and a plum tree. Around each tree we have allocated a garden type; a kitchen garden, a wild garden and a formal sun garden. The main house is articulated as a dark crisp split form with colourful window reveals. The reveals are smaller and more private fronting the road, with large expanses of glass connecting the living space to the sun garden at the rear. The steel screen and bespoke artist designed front entrance tiles are modern interpretations of the local Victorian vernacular, providing a hand crafted feel to the modern sharp forms.
Internally the house revolves around the hearth. This sculptural mass rises up in the centre of the split pitched roof, which brings light and air into the house while the angular ceilings give a striking sense of space.
The studio for the artist Client is conceived as a concrete box sunk into the ground, with a large landscape picture window looking directly onto the wild garden.
The site had a troubled planning history with two refusals before the Clients brought it to Edgley Design, where permission was granted on our first application.