Terracotta House

Terracotta House

Architect
Annabelle Tugby Architects
Location
Didsbury, Manchester, UK | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Private Houses
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Terracotta House

Annabelle Tugby Architects as Architects

The building presents itself as an earthy, carved form placed on a brick plinth from the arboricultural park. However from the busy residential street the building remains hidden from passers-by with an understated timber gate set within a large sandstone wall.

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The gabled front elevation reveals a cut away to its corner; a rationale that responds to maximise volumes whilst adapting to building line covenants across the site. There is a richness captured in the building’s colour and texture and how the materials respond to light and shadow; the irregularities of the rough, gritty, hand-made terracotta tiles mimic the leaves of the surrounding trees and reinforce the connections with its very natural setting. In plan a single storey element reaches to the plots edge.

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This results in the house having two distinct outdoor areas, an east-facing entrance courtyard and a west facing dining terrace either side of the outreaching single storey kitchen. These courtyards act as additional outdoor rooms that connect the house to its surroundings whilst maintaining privacy from the park. Internally, the transparent walls in the form of large glazed doors which face onto both gardens on opposing elevations, blur the internal and external spaces cross plan and create active views and an abundance of sunlight in the space throughout the day.

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The interior is characterised by a limited palette of materials; the buildings structure and joinery defining experiences on the journey throughout the house. The stair void, lit from above with natural light, connects the open plan living spaces and bedrooms and casts light back down into the plan.

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The upper floors embrace the views of the park to the south and benefit from evening sun from the west side of the site, capturing as much of the sun path as possible.

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Material Used:
1. Facade cladding: Terracotta tile, Wienerberger brick
2. Flooring: Mandarin Stone & timber
3. Windows: Grey Aluminum window system
4. Roofing: Terracotta tile

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Products used in this project
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrand
ManufacturersLouis Poulsen
Terracotta tileWienerberger
FlooringMandarin Stone
Product Spec Sheet
Manufacturers
Terracotta tile
Flooring
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