Liddicoat & Goldhill

Orpheus House


This was a prospective substantial new build house on a backland in South London.

There were many issues to overcome with this site: awkwardly proportioned and overlooked; access constrained; and in a high flood risk area. To meet these challenges, we utilised an introverted plan, arranging the build around a series of courtyards to provide privacy, ample light and natural ventilation. The upper volumes harnessed the shape of the site as an advantage, to obscure certain views, minimising impact upon the neighbouring homes in close proximity. The massing of these volumes gave judicious oblique views; maintaining privacy and providing outlook. A top floor served as a place of refuge in the event of a flood.

It was our intention to include a green roof to contribute to biodiversity, enlivening the surrounds.