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Revealing the Sub\Urbia House – A super dense prototype terraced house

Monday, July 9th, 2018

At Snug we are always actively seeking to develop and refine new housing typologies that will help to solve the #housing #housingcrisis. As a company, our mission is to ‘create great places and prosper people’. This year we  have developed a new prototype high density terraced house. We decided to submit it to @BritHomesAwards Sunday Times readers’ choice home competition. It didn’t exactly fit the brief and so, perhaps not entirely surprisingly, it was not shortlisted. In our humble opinion the concept remains a thoroughly ground breaking approach to high density terraced housing. Now that the competition is over we are pleased to be able to reveal the design.

The Sub\Urbia House.

In summary, the Sub\Urbia House delivers high density housing at over 100dph without forfeiting the much loved character of suburbia. Our aim is to create a single house type that contains all steps in the housing ladder. High density homes where all ages, including families, would love to live.

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The Design Philosophy

We wish to live at low density but we must build at high density if we are to solve the housing crisis. To do this we need to build at urban densities in excess of 75dph. The problem is, British people don’t generally like living at higher densities. We love our houses and we love having a home with its own front door. The Sub\Urbia House squares this circle.

The proposal has the appearance and feel of the suburban places British people love, but at a density well in excess of 75dph. The Sub\Urbia House delivers 100dph without compromising any of the things we love about suburbia.

The key idea – We live between walls. The traditional terrace has party walls side to side. The Sub\Urbia House has both side and rear party walls. This unlocks the potential for an increased density and, as a result, it creates a two faced typology. One face, providing a pair of three bedroom family townhouses faces the more generous public realm, akin to places like Accordia and creates a modern suburbia. The other face provides a one bed city pad and 2no. two bedroom duplex units facing onto a more urban street. The result is a whole new urban condition, what we are calling urbia.

 

Our intention is to create the ultimate mixed tenure neighbourhood. Each 10m x 20m component contains 1 one bed, 2 two beds and 2 three bed homes. Five homes are provided within the plot. In this one typology we provide for the whole housing ladder to live. This results in the ultimate sustainable community where entry level flats coexist with aspirational family homes. Sub\Urbia would be the kind of place everyone would love to call home.

In addition to providing every size of home needed to climb the housing ladder the Sub\Urbia House provides plenty of proportionate outside amenity spaces, well related to living accommodation and daylight. The idea is both simple and sophisticated. The Sub\Urbia House takes a traditional Georgian townhouse and mews, retains the front garden and hedge, pulls back and stacks the mews, lifts the rear garden to the roof and pumps up the density.

The Sub\ House is a three bed family home that comes with a generous roof garden, dual aspect living room and private balconies off the bedrooms. This includes front garden located off the master bedroom, efficiently located above, and sheltering, the bin and bike store to form a covered porch.

The Sub\ House comes in two configurations. It can either be a generous family home with ground floor kitchen diner off a secure parking court/play space with generous living room and roof garden on the top floor or, alternatively, it can provide a live/work home with a ground floor studio space and top floor kitchen/dining/living space.

The \Urbia homes are provided with a generous balcony to each unit which overlook the street and evoke a multi-level sense of inhabitation prevalent to an urban street scene.

\Urbia is a ground floor entry level city pad, our fastest selling typology, with its private covered balcony/porch. Adjacent to this is the entrance to a pair of two bed duplex units. Alongside is a secure bin/bike store and electric carshare garage.

Urbia\ is about starting out and moving up the housing ladder. It is cost effective, efficient, urban. Sub\ is about settling down. It is elegant, stylish, spacious and sylvan. Together, both sides of the Sub\Urbia House create the perfect neighborhood.

As an urban layout it is flexible and can create multiple combinations of streets and squares. The intention is for every neighbourhood to be Sub\Urbia.

This is a concept that builds upon the nation’s innovative history of dwelling. So many variations of terraces exist, be it a Scottish tenement, a Tyneside flat, a Yorkshire back to back, a Mansion and Mews in London or a post war duplex. Sub/Urbia intends to evoke in some way all these typologies as inspiration for a new way of living that seeks to solve the housing crisis. It is high density land use without the high density character!

Construction

This is intended to be a mass produced typology that can be delivered by the traditional British construction industry as well as more innovative developers, willing to trail modern methods of construction. It is important to note that most domestic scale buildings, built between stacking party walls, can be built using any and all forms of construction.  The right choice is a matter of procurement and supply chains.

Depending on the number of units being commissioned the design is intended to be constructed either using off site  fabrication or, if volumes are low, using traditional forms of construction. Importantly this is not a frame building and it can be constructed using standard lintels and traditional materials. We are passionate about building houses that last. Speed of construction must not trump long life.

The superstructure for the first three floors is proposed as CLT and the primary façade material is brick slips, allowing speed/off site fabrication. It could just as easily be masonry and brick or blockwork and render.  More distinctive materials are then proposed for the expressive top floor living rooms and inset balconies. These are illustrated as zinc but could be timber or fibre cement panels. Our current cladding of choice is burnt larch. It is beautiful and does not require maintenance.

Internally the house provides efficient modern living with positive inside/outside connections, despite the single aspect configuration. The top floor living room is a delight. Lofty, dual aspect onto private amenity space and enjoying a wood bring stove. This is everyone’s dream garden room but up on the roof.

To find out more about this highly innovative house type please call the office. It is a highly versatile concept that could be applied or adapted to almost any modern housing development.

 

KEY PROJECT DATA

 Floor Areas:

3 bed townhouse – 113m2

2 bed duplex – 64.6 and 70.2m2

1 bed city pad – 40.3m2

GIA – 455.5m2 per 200m2 plot.

NIA – 401.1m2 per 200m2 plot providing over 200% land utilization.

 

Build costs:

Component cost – £730,125

Total build cost for 20 units – £2,920,500 (excludes economies of scale)

Average unit cost – £146,000/unit

Construction cost – £1,603/m2

 

Density:

Plot Density – 250 dwellings per hectare within the plot or 550 bedrooms/hectare

Place Density – 100 dwelling per hectare once roads and communal landscape accounted for or 220 bedrooms/hectare

 

The Exhibition Boards:

The Sunday Times Readers’ Choice Award_P869_4xA3 Presentation

The Wall of Answered Prayer update

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Watch the June update on The Wall of Answered Prayer @the wall2020. https://www.facebook.com/TheWallofAnsweredPrayer/videos/2036098573323038/

It is getting exciting now. Looks like we should be able to see the land next month and start the process of moulding our concept design to the land. Whoopee, can’t wait!

The Wall takes a major step forward

Friday, January 19th, 2018

We received good news this week from the team at The Wall of Answered Prayer, @thewall2020, an International RIBA Competition where we have been shortlisted to the last four. Their press release says; ‘We are delighted to announce that The Wall has been given a plot of land for the project.  Over the next few months we will be continuing meetings with politicians and local churches before our announcement in June. The reason we are not announcing the location before then is because we need to undergo due diligence with the land, undertaking archaeological and geological surveys to eliminate any potential issues that we may have overlooked. It’s an amazing story of how God has connected us with the landowner which we will share in due course. As you can imagine, we are absolutely thrilled and in awe of God’s goodness!’

It is great to see the project making progress and we look forward to working with them to develop our design later this year. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/TheWallofAnsweredPrayer/

We are an RIBA Role Model Practice

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

The Royal Institute of British Architects @RIBA has selected Snug Architects as one of only nine practices to be a #RIBArolemodelpractice for the profession.

The Practice Role Models, published on the RIBA’s website architecture.com, were selected to show different characteristics of a role model organisation; and to encourage debate about what it means to be a successful RIBA Chartered Practice.

This is the web link to the page; https://www.architecture.com/campaign/practice-role-models

Paul Bulkeley, Director of Snug Architects says of his practice’s inclusion; “we are very pleased to have been selected. We are passionate about both the quality of our work and our culture. It is satisfying to have our achievements recognised by our peers. We hope to use this opportunity to continue to champion best practice in the industry.”

Snug was founded in 2003 by Paul and moved from its original base in Winchester to Rumbridge Street, Totton last year. The practice’s work ranges from the new beach huts at Milford-on-Sea to Winchester’s largest affordable housing scheme at The Valley in Stanmore, which won planning permission in July.

Snug’s 14 staff love what they do and in addition to working hard they share coffee breaks and Friday lunches, as well as visit inspirational buildings and generally have fun as a team. Once a year, they all go away together, with their families, as a treat on the company. The practice also allocates 10 per cent of its profits to charitable causes, which are selected by the staff.

The RIBA identified nine characteristics of Practice Role Models, including having a clear social purpose, being client/stakeholder focused and having a pioneering attitude. The characteristics are listed here https://www.architecture.com/knowledge-and-resources/resources-landing-page/practice-role-model-characteristics

Paul stated; “We believe architects need to be as innovative about the way they do business as they are about design. Only then can we run successful businesses that effectively serve our clients in a fast changing industry. Snug has always been entrepreneurial, willing to challenge established ways of thinking, and our clients benefit from this. We hope to facilitate wider discussion about how the interests of the profession, and those of our clients, can be better aligned for mutual benefit.”

Our page can be viewed at;

https://www.architecture.com/campaign/practice-role-models/snug

 

Shortlisted for The Wall

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Snug are delighted to be one of the five shortlisted designs for The Wall, an international RIBA competition to build a national Christian monument to answered prayer. Richard Gamble and his team at The Wall unveiled the five schemes in the Houses of Parliament this afternoon. It’s an exciting project and we’re proud to be a part of it.

Our entry seeks to create a place where believers can gather to pray. More than that, we have sought to create a living wall, alive with the prayers of those who will visit the structure and those whose prayers are tweeted, triggering a multitude of lights that transform the wall into a physical embodiment of the life in the Church.

Our concept is for a wall made of 1 million bricks, donated from across the regions. Together they form a powerful reminder of our unity, one in Christ, forming a single continuous surface without end. We achieve this through the use of a Möbius strip, creating a continuous loop of wall that allows visitors to process through a triumphant arch, the gate beautiful, before encircling the wall. Bricks are arranged to represent prayers of praise, confession, supplication, etc. At the centre is space for many thousands to gather, and we believe, become host to great gatherings of the faithful.

Although beautifully simple and pure in form, it’s twisting arch will rise dramatically but in harmony with Britain’s rolling landscape. It is both gentle and dynamic, secure yet open and inviting. Its form focuses up, in and out. We hope it will not only represent one million answered prayers but also inspire future generations to pray.

The next step is for The Wall team to secure a prominent site. We will then be called to develop our ideas before the winning entry is announced in early 2018. We are thoroughly looking forward to working on the next stage of the competition later this year.

The team at The Wall need all the support they can get and we will now be doing what we can to encourage them in the task of raising both support and finance for the project. To find out more visit http://thewall.org.uk or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheWallofAnsweredPrayer/ 

The Wall – Please vote

Friday, January 13th, 2017

We are delighted to have been long listed for The Wall, an international RIBA design competition to build a national Christian landmark that celebrates answered prayer. After 13 years of hard work, and no doubt many answered prayers, the project is now becoming a reality. The longlisted entries can now been seen at the links below.
We would love you to take a look and, if you felt inspired, to cast a vote and ‘like’ our entry. We would truly love to win this one, that is certainly our prayer. The judges have extended the deadline for voting to 23rd January and allowed us to go public on our designs. The shorted designs will be announced on the 7th February at an event in Westminster.
Find out more on the wall and get involved at http://thewall.org.uk
Our entry seeks to create a place where believers can gather to pray. More than that, we have sought to create a living wall, alive with the prayers of those who will visit and those whose prayers that are tweeted in, triggering a multitude of lights that transform the wall into a physical embodiment of the life in the Church.
Our concept is for a wall made of  1 million bricks, donated from across the regions. Together they form a powerful reminder of our unity, one in Christ, forming a single continuous surface without  or end. We achieve this through the use of a Möbius strip, creating a continuous loop of wall that allows visitors to process through a triumphant arch, the gate beautiful, before encircling the wall, bricks arranged to represent prayers of praise, confession, supplication, etc.
At the centre is space for many thousands to gather and, we believe, become host to great gatherings of the faithful.
Although beautifully simple and pure in form, it’s twisting arch will rise dramatically but in harmony with Britains rolling landscape. It is both gentle and dynamic, secure yet open and inviting. It’s form focuses up, in and out. We hope it will not only represent one million answers prayers but also inspire future generations to pray.
If you felt compelled to pass this on, that would certainly be much appreciated.

Thoughts on Winchester Station Approach

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

fight

In the red corner, Hopkins Architects with their urban design prowess. In the blue corner, Design Engine, the local team, modern architecture at it’s best. Ding ding, let the battle commence…. What is clear both propositions are towering giants, the effort has been huge, but someone has to be knocked out, it’s going to hurt. Perhaps it was better not to have fought at all? May the best titan win.

Revealed: schemes by finalists in Winchester station contest

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Winchester station approach

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The two surviving bids for the Station Approach in Winchester have been revealed on the @ArchitectsJrnal website. See:

http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/competitions/revealed-schemes-by-finalists-in-winchester-station-contest/10006841.article?blocktitle=news&contentid=13628

It is going to be interesting to see what else accompanies the wizzy images. Our fear has always been that an urban design project would become a flashy building. This project will be won or lost on the quality of its public realm offer. We will hold judgement, but thus far we fear the two proposals, despite being interesting in isolation, are going to come in for a lot of slack. Lets hope we are wrong.

We are still backing the proposals developed in conjunction with students at Southampton University (@unisouthampton). These are illustrated above.

#urbandesign #winchester #winchesterstationapproach #southamptonuniversity

 

Langley Vale Wood Visitor Hub

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

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The winners have been announced. We didn’t get shortlisted! No doubt there is more behind the shortlisted entries than first meets the eye but first impressions do suggest they are all rather predictable and lacking in poetic sophistication. Not that we are bitter of course!

Below is our entry. The competition was for a new visitor hub, forming the entry to a new centenary memorial woodland commemorating World War 1. We sought to bring visitors into an encounter with the contradictions of war. Armies are ordered and disciplined while war is violent and chaotic. Home is why they fought, symbolised by the familiar pitched roof forms of the English landscape. The proposal juxtaposes the dynamism of a round pole tensegrity structure with the familiar forms of ‘home’. The experience for visitors is to inhabit familiar spaces under the changing shadows of wars more violent and chaotic imagery.

Langley Vale Wood visitor hub_snug architects

Milford-On-Sea beach hut plans go on show

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

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Milford-on-sea beach huts options

 

Milford-On-Sea- beach huts contemporary

P611 - Curved ramp - view from low prom

Our initial ideas and options for the Milford-On-Sea beach huts were presented to the public at a well attended exhibition at the local community centre. Over 600 people attended the one day event. A copy of the exhibition and video of our presentation as well as a copy of the questionnaire can be found at – http://www.newforest.gov.uk/beachhuts

We were very encouraged with the positive response and productive comments and suggestions. Once all the comments are processed they will form a helpful basis on which we will progress the design. We were also delighted to see the proposals made the BBC news. See – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-33931304

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