Designing a contemporary development for an infill site can be difficult enough, but it is made even harder when we have to design on a street where all existing buildings are traditional Victorian houses. It is our job to find a balance between contemporary and traditional and on this particular site in the centre of Oxford we believe we have managed to do so to excellent effect.
The site has many constraints including, the retention of right of way and adjacent properties to three sides of the site, boundaries and working within the requirements of the local authority planning guidance. Our proposal for the site will have a three-bed house and two 1 bed apartments, with their own private front doors, gardens and balconies. A modern take on the traditional bay window, zinc cladding has allowed us to incorporate balconies for the occupier’s enjoyment to address the planning requirements to provide outdoor space whilst echoing the local surrounding form. The project is currently submitted for planning approval.