Working on listed buildings requires a great deal of care and attention. Understanding the construction and historical importance of a place is the starting point in order to respond carefully and positively with any new home or renovation of an existing home. Our Hidden House is unusual in that it is both a new and unashamedly modern home sat directly adjacent to a beautiful Grade 2 listed building. A simple idea, the house hides and lets the listed building sing. Sometimes its important to be demure. Coffey / Homes have lots of experience of working through conservation issues.
The interior of the home is defined as a perimeter wall of oak panelling, upon which sits a floating transparent punched roof, delineating living rooms below. Ocular rooflights allow views to the sky and to the heavy decoration of the adjacent facade of the former school building.
The uniform London Stock Brick, reclaimed and carried by hand onto site due to the listed vaults below, weaves Hidden House into its context. The internal oak panelling lines perfectly with the geometries of the punched roof and also the expansion cuts in the beautifully laid power floated concrete floor. The precision of the detail is clear to see.