Peckham Flying Freehold

Howel-Evans & Opher, London, 2011


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rooflight and Oriel illuminating living area 

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  • rooflight and Oriel illuminating living area    
  • front elevation    
  • bathroom integrated into hallway    
  • living area with Oriel window    
  • view from Oriel window    
  • rooflight and kitchen first floor    
  • roof lights in bedroom    
  • hallway and stairs    
  • Choumert Square    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • Section B-B    

The house that’s hardly a house in the Square that’s hardly a Square

Choumert Square is a little pedestrian street full of plants just off Peckham Rye.

This project is for the middle unit of one of the unique trios of houses of which the Square is composed.

Architects are intrigued by the possibility of living in very small spaces.

Caravans, boats and cabins have often been the subject of architectural interest.

This must be one of the smallest freehold houses in London with the first floor partially flying over the adjoining properties.

The challenge was how to make such a tiny house function perfectly as a home for two people.

Rearranging the plan we put the principal living space on the first floor with a small, efficient kitchen at one end.

Maximising light from both ends and bringing sunlight in from above gives the illusion of space.

By carefully configuring the oddly shaped and windowless ground floor we made a tiny shower room, utility area and a top lit raised sleeping area screened with a curtain.

The tiled entrance feels generous and uncluttered as everything is stowed away in hidden storage.


  • Begun: Jan 2011
  • Completed: May 2011
  • Floor area: 38m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £28,000
  • Tender date: Nov 2010
  • Procurement: Self Build
  • Address: 29 Choumert Square, Peckham, London, SE15 4RE, United Kingdom

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