Construction of Dulwich Hill Terraces
The Dulwich Hill Terraces are really starting to take shape now. It’s always exciting when a project reaches this stage of construction and all the primary framing is in. The building’s forms are visible and a sense of the size, scale and perhaps a little of the character of the rooms are starting to be revealed. I think most architects are seduced by the character of the timber framing, the rhythms and shadows so formed really are quite sculpturally beautiful, but not so practical.
The terraces are all paired about the party walls, this works from a practical point of view, putting bathrooms back to back and never adjacent (over a party wall) to a living room, but it also gives a varying rhythmn to the front facade in particular.
From the rear the terraces have a less rhythmic character, instead emphasising the connection between the living room and the rear terraces.
The living rooms aren’t really defined as yet, but we think should be nice spaces and they will have a nice outlook for a terrace house.
It’s very nice when you arrive on site and a window has been framed up and your idea for that window has been realised. The attic was never going to have much more than a view of the sky, but we hoped that there may be a good view of the leafy neighbourhood… and so it has proved. The Summer Hill Flour Mills are visible on the horizon.
It is almost inevitable that there will be at least one thing go wrong on site. Unfortunately the sub-contractor got the set-out of the end windows wrong, so they had to be filled and cut-out , as the case may be. It was able to be fixed, so no big deal. It’s also exciting to see the Light Rail train stop, being constructed concurrently. The new residents are going to be spoilt for transport choice. We love Light Rail.
Ever wondered what happens to the mail posted to a construction site? Well… on this site, it goes to this fine example of improvised site carpentry. We bet it’s mostly junk mail.