Houses 

Fletcher Crane Architects have completed multiple houses for private clients. All projects are subject to a rigerous design process, intense scrutiny through the planning procedure and great attention to every aspect throughout detailed design and construction. Importantly in this bespoke sector, the emotional attachment and the consequent pressure levied on the project to achieve high quality architecture on time and budget, is unique and we therefore aim to exceed expectations on all aspects of our projects. 

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Malabar, Isle of Wight RIBA Award: Winner Best New Building IOW

Contract | £1.2million
Client | Private
Status | Complete

The architectural language of the house has been developed as an intersecting assembly of translucent glass and solid white volumes that transform throughout the day as light passes through the building skin.

Internally, the main white box living accommodation is linked by a sequence of gallery like spaces; open and flowing between living, dining, entertaining and cooking spaces providing the focal point of family life. The spaces emphasise functionality and privacy, with a continuous connection of outside and inside; all designed to maximise the fantastic views of the Solent and light from an elevated level.

Tall Trees, Esher

Contract | £400,000
Client | Private
Status | Complete

Located on the banks of the idyllic River Mole in the heart of Esher, this contemporary pavilion floats effortlessly; interacting within the landscape and the natural environment. The home is able to benefit from the best views of the distinctive mature trees, the natural meadow landscape and formally presented lawns. 

The pavilion assumes a pure and bold intervention in the meadow. Two simple volumes; a glazed box on ground floor level with great visual connection to the landscape and above a crisp white box is supported by two slim pilotis. A thin cantilevered concrete deck not only provides an immediate indoor and outdoor living situation but from afar creates a feeling of lightness of touch; harmonising with the landscape beyond. 

Oxhey Hall Barn, Watford

Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Private
Status | Complete

This Grade II listed barn in Hertfordshire, north of central London has just been completed. The main barn constructed of timber and associated buildings made of brick are amalgamated into one internal space. All walls and ceilings have been upgraded to meet building regulations with new bespoke windows and doors throughout.

To the end of the main barn, the existing structure is clad with a full wall of Rodecca translucent panelling to create a glowing effect at night. The bedrooms and bathrooms have been constructed at one end of the barn within a white rendered sculptural form. Polished concrete floors with recessed negative shadow gaps define new floors from the existing structure. 

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Sandown House, Esher

Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Private
Status | Tender

Accessed down a long driveway, the brick and timber composition is strongly influenced by the classical proportions, rhythm and regularity often found in the surrounding context. The palette of brick and exposed timber is also used internally where full height floor to ceiling window openings with inbuilt joinery contribute to an overall aesthetic. Rooms are characterised by curving walls shaping and defining space.

A fully landscaped rear and front garden combine stone setts, perforated metal screens and mature planting. A natural swimming pool leads directly from one of the main living spaces extending into the rear garden.

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Ditton House, Surrey

Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Private
Status | Tender

FCA have designed an in situ concrete home for a private client in Thames Ditton, Surrey. Replacing a run down home, the proposal is entered through a extruded central section creating a dramatic entrance sequence to the home. 

To the rear of the proposal two wings extend into the back garden framing a central swimming pool. Each wing contains a gym and a kitchen respectively; key requirements to the client's brief. Exposed concrete is used on the heavy facades; a finish that honestly reflects the dramatic structural spans above. Large elements of glazing create an outdoor/indoor environment. The architecture, planning and material articulation all, in combination, create a distinct, client specific lifestyle.

Lower Ham Road, Kingston

Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Private
Status | Tender

Fletcher Crane Architects have successfully gained planning permission for a new build, five bedroom family home on the banks of the river Thames in Kingston Upon Thames.

This contemporary proposal echoes the urban scenography with a clear vertical element to the design. A plinth like brick ground floor anchors the proposal and creates a wrap around courtyard in the rear garden capturing the morning sun. Within the towered element key living spaces gain views to the river whilst the master bedroom will benefit from panoramic views toward Teddington.

Skinny House, Wimbledon AJ Small Project Entry

Contract | £300,000
Client | Private
Status | Complete

This new build, three storey, 120sqm two bedroom home in Wimbledon became an exercise in compact architecture and an investigation into contextualised aesthetics within existing street scenes. Located on a very tight site, adjacent to an existing end of terrace 1960s home, the triple fronted sloping site varies from 3-4.5m wide from front to back respectively and includes large trees with preservation orders.

The scheme is a composition of alternating volumes constructed of surfaces made up of larch wood, white render, dark grey zinc cladding and masonry. The house is designed with the main living spaces and roof terrace on the top floor taking in the best of the southern sun and long distance views towards London, whilst prohibiting views to the neighbouring properties using a luminosity translucent directional film.

The Water Gardens, London Invited Competition: Winner

Contract | £350,000
Client | The Church Commissioners
Status | Tender

Situated below a seventeen storey high rise apartment block, this simple insertion will become a new three bedroom home. Set on an existing platform, the form seeks to mimic that of the existing apartment block, almost as though the addition has been excavated from within. Taking the profile of the negative space beneath the tower, the mono pitched form positively contrasts the existing form.

The home is clad in a mosaic of small black tiles which reference yet contrast the small white tiles of the main apartment block. The remaining platform and the roof of the new unit is transformed into a meadow garden. In summary the development becomes an exciting installation to a space otherwise defunct.

Holmesdale Road, Teddington Architects Journal Small Projects Entry

Contract | £80,000
Client | Private
Status | Complete

This run down span house in Teddington has been transformed into a contemporary restoration of an Eric Lyons styled house. Exposed ceiling rafters, polished concrete floors, bespoke staircase design, cork flooring and carefully crafted plywood joinery units all help to build this overarching aesthetic. The three storey property is linked by a bright yellow feature wall running from ground to second floor.

The schematics included a ground floor garage conversion and rearrangement of the kitchen, dining and living spaces in order to provide an extra study area and additional bedroom upstairs. Carefully selected lighting, mechanical fittings and bespoke windows and sliding doors come together forming a bold architectural identity.

Peeking House, London

Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Private
Status | Tender

Under strict planning guidelines including issues with overlooking, amenity area and unit size, this scheme is carefully considered in order to overcome all issues. As a result, the proposal was conceived as a bespoke, simple and subtle insertion into the streetscape.

A split level section is proposed. A ramp down to the entrance and an excavated sunken garden provide natural light to all elements of the house plan. Living spaces flow from the front to the rear of the site with the kitchen and living room on the upper levels making the most of natural daylight. The detailing of the timber celebrates the craftsmanship and bespoke nature of the proposals ensuring a sensitive and successful integration into the existing neighbourhood.

Lodge House, Cobham, London

Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Private Developer
Status | Complete

Two distinctive pitched volumes straddle the sloping site creating a split level plan. One form clad in long grey bricks is contrasted by the horizontality of the other volume. Large and framed windows face into the front garden whilst to the rear, large expanses of glazing create an ideal inside/outside relationship. The proposal aims to relate directly to the neighbouring context in terms of height and density. It also aims to become an exemplary interpretation of contemporary architectural language which will fit well into the streetscape.

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Puckle, Kent

Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Private
Status | On Site

Puckle is a large Arts and Crafts period home situated within beautiful extensive gardens and historic woodland in the heart Kent. Fletcher Crane have been appointed to provide conceptual and detailed design services which encompasses large scale phased refurbishment within the existing main building.

This large new underground leisure complex contains a swimming pool and spa, sauna, gym and changing facilities. The basement uses the sloping terrain to use clear storey glazing with views into the surrounding woodland. A new basement wine cellar has also been included in the scheme. Complete internal and external refurbishment works have been undertaken including new stair cases and a modernisation of the internal layout.

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 South West House, London

Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Private
Status | Complete

Two dramatic openings extend from the existing home close to central Putney. Clad in white brick slips thereby contrasting the tiled house, the 7000sqft of new accommodation includes living and dining suites as well as a large ground floor games room and au pair apartment. The extended form is roofed in a green meadow which camouflages into the garden beyond. These north facing rooms benefit from long ranging views towards the city. In addition, the existing house is refurbished and remodelled to create eight bedrooms with associated en-suites. 

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Knaresborough, Kensington, London

Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Private Developer
Status | Planning

Under strict planning guidelines and in a conservation area, this scheme was conceived as a bespoke insertion into a formal street scene. An addition to the late Edwardian town houses, this spiralled home becomes a special object in the historic urban fabric.

A contemporary interpretation of form, order and articulation, the new building references scale, massing and given building lines. The entry portico extrudes to the site boundary mimicking the adjacent entrances. A split level section maximises the floor plate which includes an open plan living, dining and kitchen as well as two bedrooms. Along with carefully placed windows, the spaces are side lit by translucent glass panels. Within the curve of the building a mature tree will be planted camouflaging the building into the given environment.

 

Island Site, River Thames, London

Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Private
Status | Concept

Set on an Island on the River Thames in London, this prototype home is designed to adapt to the increasingly dangerous risk of rising river levels on the Thames. With tight planning restrictions limiting the height of the building and with high water levels which often flood, the key idea was to create a home which can respond to the changing river level.

The lightweight floor structure is built onto industrial mechanical jacks and connected to a water sensor. When the water reaches a certain level the whole building is raised temporarily above the planning level. Internally a delicate ribbed structure and floor to ceiling glazing extends over the river with dramatic views of the landscape beyond.

Cloister House, Weybridge Invited Competition

Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Private
Status | Competition

FCA took part in an invited competition to design a new five bedroom family home in Weybridge. The home extends along the boundary line incorporating a kitchen, living and cinema room. A formal external structure provides shelter outside whilst  creating a central formal raised courtyard. The home aims to sit gently within the site where mature planting will form the main backdrop.

Long white Petersen-Tegl bricks create a building of grandeur and permanence whilst sliding perforated copper panels provide flexibility simultaneously. Five bedrooms sit within the main house all with en-suites, study and bathrooms. On the top floor a perforated copper box allows light to filtre through the master bedroom throughout the day.

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