Open and Shut House

Toh Shimazaki Architecture, Surrey, 2007


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South elevation 

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  • South elevation    
  • View from the south-east    
  • South entrance    
  • View from the north    
  • View from the east towards the house    
  • View from the west    
  • Existing brick perimeter wall    
  • Existing brick perimeter wall    
  • Iroko wood framed windows    
  • Interior circulation    
  • Kitchen and circulation space    
  • Site plan    
  • Lower ground floor plan    
  • Upper ground floor plan    
  • Section    
  • North elevation    
  • Site model with contours    
  • Structural model    
  • Bedroom layout sketch    
  • Massing model    
  • Collage exploring the relationship of the house to its landscape     
  • Historic site map    
  • Elevation study    
  • Exterior view study    
  • Exterior view study    
  • Exterior view study    
  • Journey sketch    
  • Development sketch    
  • Contour sketch    
  • Development plan sketch    
  • Plan layout sketch    
  • Elevation sketch    
  • Cross section sketch    
  • Conceptual sketch    

Six-bedroom family home in the Surrey countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty

Planning guidelines prohibited the house from being visible from the nearby footpath, so it is sited 10m south of the existing brick perimeter wall along the northern site boundary.

The design influence of the original wall is evident in the choice of brick as a primary material. The plan layout also relates to the site context in that it is comprised of a simple series of sliding strips, running in parallel to the contours of the land.

The north facade is rich with thick iroko wood window framing which supports three corner windows, allowing for constant visual connections to the landscape and a variety of framed views.

Material salvaged from the demolition from the original 1970s building has been incorporated into the construction of sheds in the grounds, as well as providing floorboards for sections of OSh house itself.


  • Completed: 2007
  • Sector: Residential
  • Address: Parkhurst House, Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom


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