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Montpelier Houses


Project Details

£250,000 to £499,999

New Build


Emmett Russell Architects

Studio 6 , 1 St Andrews Road , Montpelier , Bristol , BS6 5EH , United Kingdom

This project was first published in Building Design , October 2003 with a critique by Ellis Woodman. These two houses form the end of a mixed Victorian terrace in an inner city area of Bristol. The site footprints are typical of the adjacent victorian terraced houses. The two houses attempt to develop a model for terraced housing that provides far greater connection to the outside and more privacy that an urban terraced house could usually offer. These two houses sit between on the edge of Montpelier and adjacent to St Paul's, an architecturally and socially mixed area close to the centre of Bristol. Montpelier was originally a georgian hillside suburb characterised by detached houses with large south facing gardens stepping down the hillside. The intervening years have seen the old plots subdivided and the development of a compact and varied grain of infill terraced housing. The site for these houses was originally the garden of a georgian house further up the hill. Until recently the site was occupied by a derelict workshop building which had incorporated the original stone boundary wall to the georgian house above. In developing these houses the workshop building was largely demolished but the old wall retained to provide enclosure to an small entrance courtyard at the front of the house. The main facade of the new houses sits behind this wall and in line with the facades of the adjacent terraced houses. Whilst the top floor and ground floor are invisible from the street the first floor windows of the main facade provide the main presence on the street. The section of the houses have been developed to take advantage of the hillside site and provide garden spaces on all three levels. Each of these gardens has a different orientation and relates to the internal spaces in a different way.