83 Foxberry Road
The upper floor stops short of the east boundary, allowing direct sunlight to reach a patio garden at the rear. This is augmented by a rooflight, which runs above the living room from the front of the house to the back. Pale yellow Petersen D71 bricks evoke London yellow stocks, but their lighter tone ensures the outline of the neighbouring shop is not blurred or lost.
83 Foxberry Road is a new-build house located on the disused storage yard of a former Victorian greengrocer shop in Brockley, south London. The site is sandwiched between the original commercial premises and some piecemeal extensions added to the structure to the east.
Intended to add cohesion to the streetscape, creases in the south wall allow its brick façade to ‘fold’ between the misaligned planes of the neighbouring structures. Three frameless windows and a white framed, brick-clad door emphasis the simplicity of the elevation.
Inside, split floor levels allow the compact site to be used efficiently (while conforming to Lifetime Home requirements), with sleeping and washing facilities located on the entrance level. The scheme is certified under level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. Its main sustainable features include high levels of insulation and airtightness, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, sedum roofs, photovoltaic solar panels and triple glazed windows.
Structural Engineer: Momentum
Groundworks: Belbridge Structures
Superstructure: Simon Haigh