Project: Slip House
Architects: Carl Turner Architects
Location: London, United Kingdom
Area: 2,152 sq ft
Photographs by: Tim Crocker
Slip House by Carl Turner Architects
Carl Turner Architects have designed the Slip House for the main architect himself in London. This compact contemporary home was designed as a prototype for learning about sustainable design and to research ways to build affordable homes.
Made up of three stacked boxes, the home will be used as a home and office for the designer. It is built in a way to adapt to the need of the owner. It can be strictly a home, an office apartment or two apartments.
The award-winning Slip House occupies a gap site in a typical terraced row of houses in Brixton, South London, built on a patch of brownfield land. The project consists of three stacked boxes, pushed or slipped outwards from the back of the site towards the street. This arrangement avoids overshadowing houses to the rear and breaks up the bulk of the building, giving it a sculptural form.
The three boxes include spaces for living, sleeping and working with a spacious studio space on the ground floor.
The house is extremely energy efficient and designed to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5, with a range of special features including PVTs (solar thermal panels); a wildflower roof; rainwater harvesting for gardening, washing clothes and WCs.
Slip House has been recognised for its design and sustainability credentials through a number of high profile awards including the prestigious Manser Medal and the RIBA National Award for best house in the UK.