位于Bermondsey的Southwark Brick House位于伦敦现有的砖墙之上，采用了一系列的砖块粘合方式，包括独特的垂直粘合结构墙，是这种高度通用的建筑材料的展示。这座新建的三居室房屋由Satish Jassal建筑事务所设计和管理，包括两层楼和一个地下室，分布在通过中央楼梯进入的两个砖块侧翼。
Stood astride an existing London stock brick wall and incorporating a range of brick bonding styles, including a unique vertically-bonded structural wall, Southwark Brick House in Bermondsey is a showcase for this highly versatile building material. The newbuild three-bedroom house, designed and project-managed by Satish Jassal Architects, comprises two floors and a basement level spread across two brick wings accessed via a central staircase.
Bedrooms in the one and half-storey basement are illuminated by a linear light well; kitchen and dining areas on the ground floor feature external terraces. Living areas on the first floor are brightly lit by an elegant coffered timber ceiling and large bay windows that capture views down the tree-lined street.
The end of terrace property is positioned on the site of a former car garage, in Thorburn Square conservation area, a residential neighbourhood typical of Southwark, characterised by historic terraces and more modern apartments. The design aims to reconcile the sensitive location with the brief to deliver an elegant and spacious contemporary family home.
Proximity to neighbouring properties and gardens informed the decision to sink the building into the ground, lowering the ground floor level by one metre. The building line is pulled back from the street edge and the lower portion of the house is hidden behind the historic boundary wall, which was retained and underpinned. The side elevation facing an access road sits on top of the historic wall. Elements of the local building vernacular, such as blank gables, flat-edged roofs, and vertical timber windows are acknowledged and incorporated into the facades.
整个建筑所使用的红色Ibstock West Loathly Sharpthorne砖是为了与现有的黄色伦敦砖墙和橡木镶板窗户的金色色调形成对比。砖的粗糙和不完美的质地给建筑带来了破旧的外观，使它感觉是街景的一个既定部分。在外墙上开出的深色的窗子，框住了带有可打开的木制通风板的大橡木窗，给墙体带来了稳固性和深度。
The red Ibstock West Loathly Sharpthorne bricks used across the building were chosen to compliment, yet contrast with the existing yellow London stock brick wall and the golden tones of the oak-paneled windows. The rough and imperfect texture of the bricks gives the building a worn appearance and makes it feel like an established part of the streetscape. Deep reveals cut into the facades, which frame the large oak windows with openable timber ventilation panels, give solidity and depth to the walls.
The bricks align to three different bonding patterns, which each define a different part of the building. A horizontal running bond defines the kitchen and dining areas, a stack bond (bricks are aligned directly on top of each other) defines the stair core. The first-floor living space is enclosed by an innovative vertical running bond that’s also expressed internally. All the bricks are separated by a 10 millimetre recessed mortar joints, the maximum possible, to create deep shadows in all the joints and accentuate patination.
The vertical band posed a particular challenge as it was unfamiliar to the main contractor and accuracy was paramount because the walls are structural. The architects developed a special procedure for construction to ensure it would not hold up the programme. The finished building is both highly distinctive and of its place, exhibiting a strong visual connection to the borough that will deepen further as its materials weather and fade.
Architects: Satish Jassal Architects
Area: 126 m²
Photographs: Richard Chivers
Manufacturers: Kingspan Insulated Panels, XAL, Delta Membranes, Hard & Ware, Ibstock
Lead Architects: Satish Jassal Architects
Main contractor: PK Construction London Ltd
Structural engineer: Rodrigues Associates
QS: Base Quantum
Technical Design:Rebecca Rawlings
Client:CLP Investments Limited