soup architects' environmentally efficient wedged shape house
soup architects' environmentally efficient wedged shape house soup architects' environmentally efficient wedged shape house
aug 22, 2013

soup architects' environmentally efficient wedged shape house

soup architects’ environmentally efficient wedged shape house
image © andy matthews photography
all images courtesy of soup architects




tucked into an unassuming triangular pocket, ‘wedge house’ by london firm soup architects is a sustainably designed building that takes advantage of the site’s irregularly shaped garden. set in the rear half of an exiting suburban lot in surrey, UK the client’s brief was to create a contemporary house for three generations of their family. orientated to the west the house offers views out to the garden with afternoon and evening sun streaming into the interior spaces. the house’s location also provides a high level of privacy from an overlooking apartment development to the east. an asymmetrical volume contains a series of relaxed, informal living spaces with a strong physical connection to the outdoor landscape.


environmental design principles ensure that the house uses renewable energy systems, a highly insulated building fabric and integrated heat recovery ventilation system keep internal heating to a minimum. solar water panels provide most of the building’s hot water and a fully integrated rain-water harvester contributes to the cold water supply. punctuating the dark grey structure are large glazed units that open out six meters, connecting the interior spaces to the garden. internally, the use of a dark american walnut-polished concrete is complimented by off-white walls and deep slate grey finishes, giving the project a warm material richness.



the asymmetrical house is orientated to the west and tucked into the corner of the site
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view through to the main entrance hallway
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detail of the entrance canopy
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looking under the entrance canopy and out towards the garden
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view showing the main living space
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view showing the dining space
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view from the kitchen out through the sliding glass doors to the garden
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entrance hallway looking towards the living room
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main staircase
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wedge house within the surrounding context
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view of house from the garden at dusk
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project info:

project: wedge house
location: surrey, uk
client: private
architects: soup architects
structural engineer: BTA structural design
building contractor: young construction management services ltd (YCMS ltd)
photographs: andy matthews photography



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