CF.Architects were long listed for two of the four sites in the Brighton New Homes RIBA competition in 2015.
Our Hill-House concept was developed specifically for the competition to create an innovative, adaptable, buildable and highly flexible housing type particularly suited to sloping sites. The majority of Brighton and Hove is on the edge of the South Downs and has varied topography.
The consideration of sloping sites with close proximity to other houses required an innovative design approach for access, neighbourliness, views, build ability and cost. By addressing these concerns firstly in a flexible prototype housing module we then transferred this to our chosen sites to test and maximise its benefits.
The houses follow the natural topography of the land with less ‘cut and fill’ for cost benefit and to keep the overall development low rise to minimise overlooking.
To achieve this, the core is separated to one side and the half landings minimise circulation at each level. This in turn maximises the available areas to each habitable room.
The orientation of these rooms means that two different aspects are available to each habitable room allowing the site specific constraints and opportunities to realise the optimum position for windows in terms of sun orientation, views, privacy, proximity to boundaries and neighbouring properties.