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An Evening With...No. 49

16 November 18:30 - 19:30
Organized by: Open City

This evening event will give an exclusive opportunity to tour RIBA Award Winner No. 49, a new-build two-storey house, designed by 31/44 Architects for one of the practice’s partners, Stephen Davies.


Located on an urban infill site in close proximity to the river Quaggy in Lewisham, it is the second self-build that Stephen and his wife Laura Lewis-Davies have built within the same street in Lewisham in five years, following completion of No. 22 in 2011.


The form and arrangement of the house is derived from a response to the immediate context and site conditions. Raised above the street to alleviate the risk of flooding, the three-bedroom dwelling has a staggered rectilinear plan at ground level, with the first-floor mass located towards the northern site boundary. The layout is designed to maximise the scheme’s south-facing aspect and establish a close relationship between the internal and external living spaces. 


Organised around three courtyards, the west side of the plan houses the main living areas with views into the front and rear gardens. A guest suite opens onto a third courtyard, while a second reception space is located towards the rear. The first floor is accessed via a curved timber staircase with a large picture window overlooking the street. Facing south towards the river and a nearby park, the master bedroom is linked to the third bedroom via connecting doors.


The house has a quiet, dignified appearance. It is constructed from a grey brick sourced from Belgium which was chosen to complement the weathered London stocks of the neighbouring houses. 


The house won an RIBA London Award and Regional Small Project Award and RIBA National Award in 2017 and was longlisted for the RIBA House of the Year.


Each tour duration 1 hour. Limited places, cost £35.50 with complimentary prosecco and nibbles. In Lewisham, SE13, full address provided to bookers before the event.


Ticket purchases for our 'An Evening With...' series are in support of the work of Open-City including our pioneering education programmes.