16 Asylum Road - The Laundry Houses

Background and Brief

The scheme has been designed to make best use of an under-utilised brownfield garden site in Peckham, at the back of a five bedroomed house. With a housing association having developed the two storey terrace to Albert Way to the rear fairly recently a rather dead 3 meter high wall was left to address the new street. We thus saw a potential to invigorate the streetscape and open the houses towards this new public realm.

As a self developed project Quay 2c bought the house and secured Planning permission in the Summer of 2010 as a scheme to showcase the practices talent for good design and procuring projects on innovative sites.


The proposal is to make two new build semi detached houses each of 133 m2. The sectional arrangement of three quarter basement, ground and first floor, giving a ‘pavilion’ room to Albert Way. This room could be used as a principal bedroom or as a study for home working, in which case daytime occupation would further benefit the active street frontage.

A more private principal living room occupies the full width of each house to the rear with a view and direct access to the garden.

The basement is implicitly quieter and more private and is thus given over to bedrooms which open up onto their own courtyards. Bathrooms and storage areas are plentiful with a dedicated utility room in the basement.

Previously there was an old laundry to the back of site which introduced a ghost of a theme to the project. The new buildings by definition wished to defer to the host house and the garden so a certain ghost like presence was sought.  Similarly it is proposed to build in solid laminated timber panels with a camaru timber finned cladding and green roof to suit the garden location, with the pavilion room being clad in printed glass panels with a flavour of the laundry use.


Sketch model of proposed houses

CGI of front elevation


CGI of rear terraces


Front elevation to Albert Way


Site plan in context


Lower ground floor plan


Ground floor plan


First floor plan


Long section


Section through stair

16 Asylum Road - The Laundry Houses

Client /

Quay2c Ltd

Project /

Two new build semi detached houses to make the best use of an under-utilised garden site.

Date /

Completed April 2015

Budget /


Further Info /

Fact Sheet (pdf)

/ 2c Kings Grove, Peckham, London SE 15 2NB / T 0207 771 1600 / E