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

Malabar House, located in Ryde on the Isle of Wight, adds to the rich history of the island’s villa homes. The architectural language of the house was 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 zones. These spaces emphasise functionality and privacy, with a continuous connection between outside and inside all designed to maximise the far reaching views of the Solent.

The entry is defined by generous processional steps which lead towards the recessed front door and circulation void housed in a distinct vertical glass panelled façade. Internally, open plan living spaces, associated amenities and a small dark snug room are complimented by four well sized bedrooms. At the upper most level a sanctuary for contemplation and tranquillity commands spectacular views in every direction. The secluded gardens with stunning blossom trees contribute significantly to the contemporary villa; a home which is hoped will transcend time.

TALL TREES
Esher, Surrey

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

Located along 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 formal lawns. 

The sharp, white pavilion assumes a pure and bold intervention in the meadow. The prominent volume of the home consists of a clear-storey glazing at ground floor level with a crisp, rendered box above which is supported by two slim pilotis. Together both levels have a great visual connection to the landscape. A thin cantilevered concrete deck provides a generous space where the understanding of indoor and outdoor living space is blurred. Within the flood plain, the deck also creates a feeling of lightness of touch; harmonising with the landscape beyond and emphasising the pavilion typology.

 

OXHEY HALL BARN
Watford, Hertfordshire

Contract | £400,000
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. 

SANDOWN HOUSE
Esher
, Surrey

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.

THE WATER GARDENS
Paddington, London
Invited Competition: Winner

Contract | £350,000
Client | The Church Commissioners
Status | On Site

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.

SAXONBURY HOUSE
Surbiton, Surrey

Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Private
Status | Planning

Situated in Surbiton, Surrey, this black cement board clad home boldly commands a carefully landscaped garden. Surrounded by typical suburbia, the proposed single storey development subtly references its context through its multi mono-pitched roof but more obviously becomes a distinct sculptural piece of relevant and demanding architecture. The proposed layout celebrates the interaction to the garden. A processional, tight and intimate entrance way hides the courtyard garden initially from view before leading to the open plan kitchen, dining and living room. Covered walkways and louvred patios extend from the internal spaces sitting against a curving black brick wall. Along the back of the site, four modest sized bedrooms each benefit from an ensuite and wardrobe area. 

As a critical element to our client’s brief, the home is designed to Passivehaus standards. The air tight envelope creates a super insulated shell with triple glazing, an MVHR system, prefabricated elements and integrated PV technology allowing this home to be a genuinely sustainable development.

DITTON HOUSE
Thames Ditton, 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
 Upon Thames, Surrey

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.

HOLMESDALE ROAD
Teddington, Greater London
Architects Journal Small Projects Entry

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

Span houses, in the 1960s, became at the time a radical variation to the terraced typology. These homes were characterised by mono pitched roofs, clerestory windows and open plan interiors. Eric Lyons and Geoffrey Townsend amongst other architects designed over 2000 homes around the country from infill sites to new small towns such as New Ash Green. 

Fletcher Crane Architects have transformed a span house home in Holmesdale Road, Teddington into a contemporary restoration of an era home. Exposed ceiling rafters, polished concrete floors, bespoke staircase design, reeded glass, cork flooring and crafted plywood joinery units all help to build an overarching aesthetic. The three storey property is linked by a 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. Our client has furnished the home with a collection of modernist furniture, carpets paintings and fittings. 

WALDECK ROAD
Ealing
, London

Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Private
Status | On Site

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 CLOSE
Cobham, Surrey
Highly Commended Evening Standard New Home Award

Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Castellum
Status | Complete

Two distinctive pitched volumes of contrasting materials straddle the sloping site. Set in the suburbs of Cobham in Surrey, the home responds to the natural topography creating a split level plan. One pitched form is clad in red brick, another in vertical timber cladding; both accented by zinc detailing to the front and rear facade. Large, oversized glazing systems are framed by the zinc whilst smaller, recessive windows are set into the heavy brick faces. Within its context, the home aims to nestle amongst neighbouring homes through its height, massing, materiality and form therein providing a contemporary architectural language to a traditional backdrop.

The home is set over a split level with private, smaller spaces to the street and larger open plan living to the rear. Four bedrooms are carefully crafted within the pitched volumes, each with en suites and walk in wardrobes. Rooms have large glazed elements and in combination, link the inside to the outside seamlessly. 

SKINNY HOUSE
Wimbledon, Greater London
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.

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SOUTH WEST HOUSE
Fulham, 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. 

Modern Contemporary Architect House Kensington London Linit glass

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 HOUSE
Kingston Upon 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.

Modern Contemporary Architect, Alton, London, brick, Nicholas pevsner

BENWORTH
Alton, Hampshire

Contract | Undisclosed
Client | Private
Status | Planning

Fletcher Crane Architects have been successful in gaining outline planning permission to extend Bentworth House which was featured in Nicholas Pevner's book; described as an exemplary piece of 1960s house design. The addition will be constructed of red brick to match the existing home; broken down by different bonds and articulated through large punched windows and entrances. At ground floor, the staggered open plan living spaces turn towards sun. Set in a remarkable landscape, the scheme aims to nestle and continue to be subservient to its surroundings.

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