Pixall Drive

Pixall Drive proposes to develop an existing overgrown site surrounded by trees into a context driven contemporary house with associated landscaping. This project’s intention is all about designing a highly contemporary home that connects the family with the site’s natural environment and captures the beauty of it’s surrounding through internal views out.

Situated in the Edgbaston Conservation Area, the development is driven by a sustainable design approach accommodating both the needs and desires of the client and their family. The orientation of the building is designed to maximise the availability of light into spaces, while the use of traditional durable materials throughout will ground the scheme within the context and enhance the key characteristics of the conservation area.

By taming the existing garden and introducing layered landscaping, the family can enjoy a garden which offers refuge, with privacy maintained by the existing mature trees. The design implements solar shading strategies such as overhanging along the south façade and vertical louvers to the east and west.

A palette of carefully selected materials and colours are used to add warmth, creating an intimate and calming environment. The use of red Birmingham brick for the ground floor sites the property adding contrast to the natural green context, whilst vertical timber fins over the large glazing on the upper floors provide shading and privacy.

Project Address: Pixall Drive, Birmingham
Client: Private
Size: 9,000 sqft GIA
Contract Value: Confidential
Status: Planning

The extending brick walls reach into the garden, creating smaller more intimate areas within the large space, as well as large areas of sliding glass give access to various parts of the garden, to create indoor/outdoor living spaces.

The landscape steps down to the basement level to the south of the building to create a dramatic lightwell, which contrasts with the overhanging first floor at this end of the house

The form and internal layouts create long framed views in a sequence, linking everyday movements through the house with the views of the garden with light permeating the property through contemporary roof lights.