This pair of houses set a high standard for other private developers to aspire to. What makes them truly unique is their timber cladding, set out in a herringbone pattern that defies all the problems of differential ageing and staining to which traditional vertical or horizontal timber is prone.
They each consist of a two storey element joined to a three storey element via a sky-lit atrium through which the timber stair – conceived as a single block cut in two-rises. The houses are designed as two continuous planes of timber and graphite-coloured render that extend from exterior to interior, forming walls, floors, external decking and fences. Living spaces on the ground floor flow and connect in a way that promises to work beautifully for family life.