Knollys Road: A Milestone Project

InsideOut have unlocked the potential of a complex sloping site in Tulse Hill, south-east London, to deliver a bold contemporary residential development of 22 homes. The efficient high-density scheme challenges topography to create a new raised ‘ground’ which maximises the amount of private and communal open space, while providing a mix of high-quality spacious accommodation, including apartments, duplexes and mews houses.
 
The project represents a milestone for the practice in being the first project of this scale to reach completion from a diverse range of large-scale multi-unit residential schemes that are currently underway. 

InsideOut were appointed by a long-term developer / contractor Client to optimise the potential of an underutilised narrow sloping site of 0.15 hectares, situated in a suburban street containing an eclectic mixture of period houses and disparate post-war developments.
 
Planning permission was obtained in 2016 for a scheme of 19 apartments and 3 mews houses. The bulk of the accommodation lies in an efficient “cube” shaped block positioned next to the street and sunken into the sloping site, allowing it to blend seamlessly into the immediate residential context. A new raised ‘ground’ level is created enabling generous private terraces and a large landscaped communal space leading to 3 family sized mews houses and gardens to the rear. A large space for car and bicycle parking is located 2 storeys below street level tucked discretely away from view.

The material palette respects the local context while adding some vibrancy amid the neighbouring housing schemes. The simple architectural forms are enhanced with high-quality textured brickwork which provides a material tactility to the simplicity. In playful contrast, offset and oversized windows with exaggerated splayed metal reveals animate the façade, while large recessed balconies located at the corners lighten the volume allowing daylight to spill into the depths of the apartments. 
Knollys Road by Inside Out Architects. Copyright Jim Stephenson 2020