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An Afternoon With...Pear Tree House

21 June 15:00 - 16:00
Organized by: Open City

This afternoon event will give an exclusive opportunity to tour RIBA Award Winner Pear Tree House with architect/owner Jake Edgley of Edgley Design. 


The site, in Dulwich South East London was derelict when the Edgley family found it, with no buildings or planning permission. The concept began with a 100 year old pear tree, a remnant of the site’s history as a Victorian fruit orchard.


The house has been built around this tree, creating an internal courtyard that brings light and air to the centre of the plan, while turning the house inward to remain private from the surrounding terraced houses. The layout is arranged around the changing light of the day, with the kitchen looking to the north east for morning light, the living areas looking south west onto the pear tree courtyard for light from midday, and the lowered snug in the centre of the building as a cosy retreat in the evening.


The intention is for the house to blend into its wooded backland context as far as possible. To this end the details emphasise the vertical articulation of the building, and views through the building are defined by slender vertical elements which echo the experience of looking through trees.


The ground floor walls are cast in concrete with vertical timber formwork, with a natural grain and texture that blends into the surroundings, and a robust finish where the walls meet the ground and are exposed to the weathering of nature and occupants. The locally sourced larch formwork was re-used to build the external timber clad walls to the courtyard and garden. To the first floor the building is clad in dark stained timber to blend into the woodland context, and full height slim gold trims to windows and vent panels break up the mass of these elevations.


Situated in Dulwich SE22, exact address provided to bookers. Each tour duration 1 hour. Cost £35.50, with complimentary bellini cocktails and nibbles.