Wyvern House

Aspirational Design

We were commissioned by the owners of the coveted Dragons (Grade II Listed property) to create an architecturally bold 5-bedroom family home, split over three floors on the site of their tennis court.

No mean feat in terms of planning!

Wyvern House

What We Did

Situated adjacent to Grade II listed property, what is to become the new Wyvern House needed to be a modern one-off piece of ‘legacy’ architecture.

The copper central core and large limestone slabs lend the house the kind of monumentality that you might expect on a gallery or similar public building.

Externally, the square edges, large swatches of glass to the ‘open’ garden facade are complimented by a light buff limestone cladding, providing softness to the building while retaining hard wearing and robust characteristics.

Built on the site of a former tennis court, we designed the residence with a more ‘closed’ facade on the road-facing side. This was achieved by designing slim slot windows to provide views from the inside, yet privacy.

  • Location
    Loughton, Essex
  • Size
    550 square meters
  • Status
    On Site May 2017
  • Cost

Inside, the ground floor will consist of a kitchen-diner, utility, snug and WC. On the first floor will be three bedrooms including the master suite and a family bathroom. Two further bedrooms will be located on the second floor.

A feature circular staircase with a large central roof light will illuminate the space inside the copper core.

A curved wall of glass will sweep around a Veteran (several hundred years old) protected oak tree outside, an ever-present reminder of the ancient Epping Forest beyond.

The new Wyvern House will easily stand up to its 130-year-old listed neighbour, with both properties demonstrating the best of architectural design during the period in which they were built.

Design Features

  • Patinated copper central core to house staircase
  • Limestone cladding
  • Eco credentials including ‘green roofs’ and solar-generated renewable energy
  • Large wall of glass to the kitchen/dining room opening out to landscaped garden
  • Feature polished concrete staircase
  • Full height slim slot windows

"In terms of the local area, we hope that Wyvern House gives people the confidence to really embrace modern architecture and push for what can be achieved in leafy suburbs like Loughton. After all, we deserve signature buildings with architectural integrity just as much as inner cities."

Melanie Clear, Founder

“One thing that really impressed me about Melanie was that she really works with you.

We were thinking of the house in terms of the accommodation – practical things such as how we wanted lots of light, an open feel on the ground floor, and a bedroom with a big dressing room and a bathroom – but she is the one who could bring it all together.

It is a certainly a very different property. When we saw it, we said, aha, this is it!”

Clare Jaycock, Client

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