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Great British Buildings: Chattock Gardens, Solihull
Thu 17 November 2016, 10:00 – 12:00 GMT
Join us for an exclusive opportunity to hear more about this RIBA West Midlands award winning building by the architects who designed it.
As part of the Great British Building series of events showcasing 2016's award winners, Chattock Gardens will host a talk and tour by Khoury Architects.
Chattock Gardens demonstrates an ingenious design response to the classic challenge of building within a sensitive backland garden site. The solution, to build the majority of the two houses ‘underground’ with modest single storey ‘pavilions’ visible at ground level, and a contemporary design approach was embraced by the clients. Their enthusiasm, and architect Andrew Khoury’s determination, carried the scheme through a tricky process, to finally secure planning approval. The houses have minimal impact on the mature garden setting, whilst creating a significant volume of built living space.
Any trepidation of how the underground spaces might feel, was blown away by the series of external sunken courtyards, linked to beautifully daylit and animated living spaces. The architect’s handling of single and double height internal volumes, linked visually and physically to the external courtyards, is highly accomplished, and is matched by the refinement and restraint of the detailing.
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