Our client at Jolliffe Road has been attempting to gain permission for a new dwelling on this brownfield site in Poole for a number of years. After a number of unsuccessful applications with schemes prepared by non-Architect designers, DUA Architecture were asked to take a fresh look at the problem.
The site was very challenging. A very small plot surrounded by existing buildings, it is further constrained by the existing building line. Providing suitable amenity space and room for parking, whilst achieving our clients functional requirements was difficult.
Our solution was to split the building into two discreet blocks with a courtyard between the two. This form had a number of advantages. Firstly, it provides private amenity space which is protected from overlooking. Secondly, the new rooms look into this courtyard rather then out at neighbouring gardens and properties, also retaining their privacy. Thirdly, splitting the overall form of the building down reduces its overall massing and impact upon the street scene.
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A front walled garden provides additional green amenity space for the dual-aspect lounge. Two parking spaces are provided alongside a pedestrian access way to front door. Surprisingly, despite its modest size, we have been able to provide three bedrooms.