Following two years of negotiations, the proposal for renovating the derelict garage into a house has just been signed and the construction is scheduled to start this month. Previous proposals envisioning a house on stilts and converting the garage into its original state have been rejected and were deemed by Lewisham planners as “too prominent.” The city officials were looking for a more discreet solution.
JaK Studio proposed a structure with a mirror-clad upper storey that would blend with the natural surroundings. The project was inspired by the Tree Hotel designed by Tham and Videgard Architects and uses similar visual tools for complying with the requirements set by planners. Once finished, the ‘invisible’ eco-home will become one among a few passivhaus developments in the UK and will use natural ventilation and renewable energy sources to meet the energy demands of its inhabitants.