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Discreet London house based around spiral of Roman bricks

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A brick-loving London architect has built a house based on a spiralling plan. The aptly-named Spiral House is almost invisible from the road as a brick wall almost completely conceals the single-storey courtyard house in Balham, London.A Dezeen article reported that the modest residence was designed to have the smallest possible impact on surrounding properties, including a terrace of large brick houses. The bricks chosen for the Spiral House are distinctive; architect Jack Woolley, who plans to live in the property with his wife Polly, built the house using long, flat, Roman-style bricks sourced in Belgium.Woolley said: “I chose these bricks because the colour matches neighbouring buildings, but the different shape helps mark the building out as subtly different.”The 90m² house combines red brick with smooth white surfaces. The flat roof is filled with plants, recreating the greenery that existed on the garden site before the build took place. Indoors the brick walls are left unplastered to build on the contrast between ceramic and concrete, while a long skylight brings in maximum natural light. In order to assist with the property’s concealment behind its perimeter wall, the floor level is slightly sunken below ground.Indoors the temple to brick uses flexible partitions to divide living spaces, giving the option of additional rooms if desired. Woolley said the design and build had been the least problematic part of the project; Japanese knotweed was a much bigger issue. The architect said: “It made the excavation complicated, but had the advantage of making the site unappealing to developers and hence affordable.”

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