Slate House by Lucent Group.
Architecture by Austin Maynard Architects.
Austin Maynard Architects is heading to Brighton to cause some trouble. We’re tired of seeing gorgeous homes demolished and replaced with big white boxes full of tacky, carbon laden stone.
Ok, we get it. These sites are going to be developed. We need to make more homes available to our rapidly growing population. But surely we can do that without erasing the rich built fabric in the area.
At Slate House we are trying to find a middle ground. Lets remove a home and replace it with many. Lets house people. Lets house people sustainably. Lets design housing that allows people to get to know their neighbours. Not to live on top of each other, but to have the chance to form a healthy, supportive community during our age of urban isolation.
BUT, that housing can be more than the typical development. It can be more than just stacking white boxes that dominate their context. At Slate House we are crafting a series of homes that learn from its context. We borrow ideas, materials and textures from our neighbours. Yeah, developments are always going to be bigger, but does that mean that they have to speak a different language? There is a different way, and Austin Maynard Architects is going to show the alternative.
At Austin Maynard Architects, we design ‘forever homes’ for our clients. Places where families can grow, adapt and flourish. Life’s short, and the spaces you inhabit should bring you delight. At Austin Maynard Architects our intent is to maximise delight and joy, while also helping you to minimise your environmental footprint. Slate house is a culmination of our best ideas, refined into beautiful sustainable homes that are connected to gardens and the community.
Homes are one of the highest contributors to climate change, but this doesn’t need to be the case. At Slate House we’ve employed timeless techniques to create beautiful sustainable homes. Windows are orientated to maximise passive solar gain to ensure that spaces are awash with sunlight during winter, yet are protected from the sun in summer. We’ve maximised insulation and double glazed throughout, and ensured that all glazing and structural frames are thermally separated to avoid cold-bridging between the inside and outside. All of this drastically reducing the need for artificial heating and cooling, and reduces the ongoing environmental and financial running costs of every home at Slate house. All roof water is captured and stored for use in toilets and in Slate House’s abundant gardens.
We’ve made conscious effort to ensure that the materials used at Slate House are natural, robust and beautifully raw. Slate straight from the quarry, simple robust tiles, bricks and timber. No coatings, no toxic chemicals, minimal maintenance. Simple, honest, beautiful materials that will last a lifetime. Internally we have created restrained light-filled spaces. Detail and texture abound only where you want and need them. Both the kitchens and the bathrooms are beautiful to both to touch and the eye. Like the exterior, we have selected a range of materials that are robust, honest, long lasting and beautiful.
Slate House offers something new. Much more than apartments, Slate House borrows all of the best things about traditional Brighton homes, like the beautiful tiled roofs, robust materials and lush gardens, yet we’ve taken away the inefficiencies, the mess and the maintenance. Slate House consolidates the best parts of Brighton into a highly sustainable new way of living.