Nice game of slipped orthogonal box forms and volumes. While this house looks like really interesting project but for others – it‘s completely insensitive to its location (Brixton, London). All neighbourhood is surrounded by Victorian style houses, while The Slip House‘s milky glass panels give more than a rare appearance.
But don‘t judge the book by it‘s cover. The best thing here is that the house offers an array of sustainable features. It has a ground-source heat pump, a soakaway front yard for rainwater harvesting, so most water used is recycled. PVT panels (a combination of solar plus voltaic) on the decked, glass-screened roof terrace. And a little meadow-roof outside one bedroom. The insulation is so good and the house so draught-proof that it meets code five in sustainability (super-high) and is often comfortably warm inside in winter with no heating on at all.
In all, Carl Turner Architects did its sums and came up with the figure of 1092.73 kg (1.2 ton) of CO2 saved per year thanks to the sustainable technologies employed within Slip House.
The interior is modern and tranquil, an effect helped by its structure of concrete panels that came on a lorry from Cornwall, fixed to a steel frame, with a concrete staircase running up one side of the building, like a strip of folded paper.
Kitchen and living spaces are located on the top level. The middle box contains sleeping quarters and bathing facilities, while the ground-floor box is left as a multi-purpose space.
Photo credits: Tim Crocker