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31/44 Architects, London, Single-Family Residence

The End of a Long Series: Red House by 31/44 Architects

In the south of London, a house has been built that visually stands apart from its neighbours, row houses from the Victorian era. The red house at the end of the row takes its name from the red of its brick façade. The design gives a nod to traditional brick houses that are transformed into a contemporary style.

The house, which features three living spaces and an open ground level, is small but excellent: a central inner courtyard and a small back yard bring natural light into the long house without disturbing residents’ privacy. When visitors enter the house, a short stairway leads down into the kitchen and living room. Green plants in the inner courtyard enliven the interior. A fireplace has been installed in the concrete plinth of the chimney, and an elegant wooden staircase goes upstairs to the bedrooms.

The project was commissioned by the London real-estate developer Arrant Land and is currently for sale. Arrant Land, which is operated by Duncan Blackmore, sees the particular architecture of this little house as a test for larger projects. Blackmore hopes to extend the classical remit of traditional project developers.

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