The Invisible House

Brockley London

  • Undisclosed
  • New build 2 bedroom Eco House.
  • 200K
  • Planning
  • 26-03-2013

Now you see it, now you don’t! Believe it or not camouflaged in the trees is a new two bedroom eco house!

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, south London. 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!

Keen to find a innovative yet sensitive solution to the site the scheme proposes a subterrain 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 amongst its leafy surroundings. A roof terrace completes the scheme which provided a secluded space up in the trees. 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.

The scheme was recently approved for planning permission with the constructions works starting in early 2014.