This house, on an infill site in south-east London, was built by one of 31/44’s directors – his second self-build within the same street. Externally, the house purposefully has a significant visual mass – to assure permanence and define a more formal mass against the ad-hoc assembly of fences, walls, and mews and garage buildings that line this side of the street; a sense of permanence more in-keeping with the Victorian terrace that faces No.49 across the street. The plan is orientated around three courtyards, which allow glimpses of greenery to filter through the whole ground floor, as well as flooding the interior with natural light. Internally, a series of birch-faced joinery cabinets divide space, create framed views and form containers for the client’s possessions. The first floor is accessed via a curved timber staircase with large picture window. These timber elements define the interior of the house.

No.49 has been recognised with the following awards and nominations:
RIBA London Award 2017, winner
RIBA National Award 2017, winner
RIBA London Small Project of the Year 2017, winner
RIBA House of the Year 2017, longlisted

No.49 has also been featured in Dezeen, Divisare and The RIBA Journal.

Photography by Anna Stathaki