Brockley garages to become London's first 'invisible house'

Nothing to see here - a view of how the house should look from the street

Brockley garages to become London's first 'invisible house'

Brockley garages to become London's first 'invisible house'

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Two disused Brockley garages are to be demolished and replaced with London's first "invisible" house in a scheme with an estimated £650,000 value.

With several plans for living space above or below the garages rejected by Lewisham Council planners for being out of character with the conservation area, the scheme now uses exterior mirrors on its upper storey which aim to camouflage the building with its surroundings.

News Shopper: Brockley garages to become London's first 'invisible house'

The Manor Avenue garages were bought by a neighbour for just £9,000 two years ago and, with £250,000 to be spent on the project, should see them make a bumper profit.

Owner Kevin Morton said: "We’d been trying to build a house in Lewisham and on this particular plot of land for a long time but given the complications faced, we were really unsure whether this would even become a reality.

"We can now start building a house that is completely different to any of the houses in the surrounding area, or even in London itself."

News Shopper: Brockley garages to become London's first 'invisible house'

Billed as an eco-home, the three-storey, two-bed property will include a subterranean basement and a roof terrace. Heat and power will come from renewable energy sources while its "super insulated" structure means the owners will only need to put the heating on for a few days of the year.

It has been designed by architects JaK Studio who originally came up with an idea to build a house on stilts, rejected by planners.

Founding partner Jacob Low said: "This project has certainly been an exercise in perseverance and represents a process full of dialogue with my clients, Lewisham planning department and various specialist consultants – as a practice we are proud to have at last won planning on such a constrained site with a bold proposal we believe is a truly unique solution in both conceptual and planning terms."

Work is due to start this summer and will be completed next spring.

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12:36pm Wed 18 Jun 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

Wonder how many dead birds they will find after they have flown straight into the side of the building.
Wonder how many dead birds they will find after they have flown straight into the side of the building. PoppyGreenLeaf
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1:05pm Wed 18 Jun 14

sarfflondonbird says...

A brilliant idea. I hope they can pull this of.
Surely this has got to better than the eyesores they have passed through council building and planning departments like the buildings on the crossroads of Bromley/Whitefoot Roads/Southend Lane?
It would be nice to see more of these type of buildings instead.
A brilliant idea. I hope they can pull this of. Surely this has got to better than the eyesores they have passed through council building and planning departments like the buildings on the crossroads of Bromley/Whitefoot Roads/Southend Lane? It would be nice to see more of these type of buildings instead. sarfflondonbird
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1:21am Thu 19 Jun 14

Edenian says...

...but will they finish it on time and most important of all will it be a sad pastiche? I can she a Kevin McCloud on the horizon! Lol
...but will they finish it on time and most important of all will it be a sad pastiche? I can she a Kevin McCloud on the horizon! Lol Edenian
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