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Number 23, Shepherd’s Bush, London

Looks can be deceptive, as this design by Matt Architecture demonstrates. The 159sq m three-bedroom house, which occupies an infill site in the capital, is 30% bigger than its neighbours, although it occupies a 20% smaller plot size. The house has a full site basement, but every room is still naturally lit, thanks to a combination of rooflights, electronically ‘switchable’ glazing, sunpipes with bespoke ‘trumpet bell’ mouldings and more than 40sq m of triple glazing. This reduces the need for artificial lighting, and so limits energy consumption. Continue reading

Cliff House, Kent

The name of this house reflects its situation. Cliff House is located on the Kent coast, overlooking the English Channel. Its steeply sloping site is part of a larger garden belonging to an Edwardian house.

The clients wanted a four-bedroom home that would take advantage of the views and provide a retirement home, accommodating both children and grandchildren. A key requirement was that the new house should not impact on southerly views from the existing Edwardian house. Continue reading