Stolon Studio has completed a striking residential project on a backland site in Brockley


Paul Murphy

Replacing a dilapidated collection of garages and outbuildings, Stolon Studio’s two-storey dwelling occupies a backland site in Brockley, south London. Nicknamed the Rusty House by neighbours, the Corten-clad structure sits above a reconstructed garden wall that marks the entrance to a forgotten mews within the Brockley Conservation Area.


Conceived as a sculptural reinterpretation of the mews/stabling typology, the house comprises open-plan living spaces organised around an external courtyard. The massing is intended to minimise over-shadowing on adjacent gardens, and a mature tree has been retained on the site.

The ground-floor plan accommodates a double-height living room, family kitchen and dining area, as well as a study, utility room and external store. Oak stairs rise up to the first floor, where there are four bedrooms, a family bathroom and en-suite.


“The project called for internal views through the geometric volume and screening”, says architect Jessica Barker. “At first floor level, the bedrooms look over the road towards garages and flats. Through the design of the screened perforations, this unattractive view has been fragmented, creating a fascinating display of miniature vignettes. At night, the screening creates a diffuse glow from the illuminated rooms.”

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