Hush House

Ian Simpson Architects, Chester, 2002


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The facade animated by shifting of exterior blinds 

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  • The facade animated by shifting of exterior blinds    
  • New volume on Weaver Street with entrance beneath    
  • View from Nicholas Street    
  • Charles Poulson’s lead lettering sculpture at penthouse level    
  • The show flat, with simple underlying lines    
  • Level one plan    
  • Level two plan    
  • Level three plan    
  • Section    
  • Computerised model    
  • Built scheme    
  • Building before development    
  • Oringinal scheme    

Recladding and extension of existing office building to create 24 residential apartments and ground level parking

On Nicholas Street, the stripped frame is articulated, clad in stainless steel, with infill glazing on an unusually large scale for Chester. External, whole-bay blinds controlled by the individual residents provide random animation to this facade. On Weaver Street, the flush panelised lead of the flank walls meets proprietary cladding, including east-facing projecting balconies.

The whole building treatment involves an unusual level of evident hand-craftsmanship, though this approach is at home among Chester’s crafted historic buildings. The palette is steel, glass and lead – panelised generally on the flank walls – the sculpture is also in lead, a letter-play on the spelling of Hush House.


  • Begun: Jun 2001
  • Completed: Dec 2002
  • Floor area: 2,212m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £2.4M
  • Tender date: 2001
  • Procurement: JCT Design & Build
  • Address: Weaver Street, Chester, CH1 2BQ, United Kingdom

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