Hindmans Yard, located in Southwark, London consists of four family houses on a back-land site surrounded by Victorian terraces. The project was honoured with an award for the best small housing development from the Brick Development Association in the UK.

Project details

Project name Hindmans Yard, United Kingdom
Architect Foster Lomas
Products used Terca Forum Smoked Prata

Hindmans Yard, United Kingdom © Edmund Sumner

Hindmans Yard, United Kingdom © Edmund Sumner

Hindmans Yard, United Kingdom © Edmund Sumner

Hindmans Yard, United Kingdom © Edmund Sumner

Hindmans Yard, United Kingdom © Edmund Sumner

Hindmans Yard, United Kingdom © Edmund Sumner

Hindmans Yard, United Kingdom © Edmund Sumner

Hindmans Yard, United Kingdom © Edmund Sumner

Hindmans Yard, United Kingdom © Edmund Sumner

Hindmans Yard, United Kingdom © Edmund Sumner

Hindmans Yard, United Kingdom © Edmund Sumner

Hindmans Yard, United Kingdom © Edmund Sumner

Accessed via a narrow path, the site was previously used as craftsmen studios, but more recently as residential garages. Set back from the entrance path, the buildings create a natural courtyard within their urban context. The material palette was inspired by the context. The new brick cladding continues the language of the site whilst subtly contrasting with the existing worn perimeter walls that enclose the site. The existing walls themselves have been left untouched – marked with paint and fixings that record their former use. A busy mix of yellow London stock houses, industrial red brick structures and rough garden walls surround the site. Foster Lomas’ approach has been to differentiate the new dwellings – choosing a brick that provides a softer, more consistent colour and texture that provides subtle contrast for the contemporary dwellings.

Continuing motive

The brick façades are articulated with contemporary dog-tooth detailing – inspired by the traditional eaves details of neighbouring Victorian terraces. This detail defines proportion and gives variation within the façades whilst maintaining the simple material palette of the site. This detailing has been used as a motif that is continued through the project and incorporated into the patterned steel entrance porches. Movement joints are concealed in the internal corners to allow a complete and uninterrupted façade which is completed with a bespoke white sand mortar.

Generous living space

There are two house types; type 1 is a two-storey terrace unit with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the first floor and an open-plan living/kitchen/dining space on the ground floor including 1 bathroom. Whereas type 2 is a detached property with 2 bedrooms, bathrooms and a courtyard at lower ground and split-level living spaces and a bedroom on the ground floor level. Every room in the house is day lit, with 3-m floor to ceiling heights.

Sustainable features

The houses are constructed using super-insulated prefabricated timber frames with the brick enveloping the outside walls. This structure has been combined with triple glazed windows/doors, a heat recovery ventilation system and bio-diverse carbon-capturing roof.
 
"This was our first self-build development so we were the client, architect and management contractor giving us the freedom to express our passion for brick." - Greg Lomas and Will Foster, Foster Lomas

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