This house for a young family is set on a narrow, steeply sloping site within a residential estate sited inside a former quarry. Our design aim for this project was to create functional and delightful spaces on what is essentially a suburban 'terrace' house block. The house is split over 5 levels wrapping around a central courtyard. A series of half flight stairs and carefully composed openings between rooms and courtyard allow us to achieve ergonomic transitions between levels and create interconnected spaces, whilst allowing the building to maintain a close relationship to the natural topography of the site.
Natural timber and glass are used to bring warmth and texture to the most inhabited spaces and act as a counterpoint to the solid concrete external walls. Subtle references to the former quarry include the ‘stratficiation’ of the home over several levels and the design of dramatic sheer walls to the main courtyard which evoke a sense of being enveloped by the building.