The houses pivot around the courtyard in a pin-wheel fractal pattern, placing it at the heart of the scheme and retaining a sense of enclosed privacy despite the many houses that surround it.
Each Ott’s Yard house is topped with a planted roof, designed with landscape specialist Arabella Lennox-Boyd, acting as artworks only ever seen by the neighbours.
The triangular form of the buildings “ comprised of 23 party walls “ becomes as motif that is repeated inside and out at a variety of scales, including skylights, flooring, worktops and even tiling.
Open-plan layouts create views across multiple spaces, decorated by the delicate interplay of daylight patterns that change from hour to hour.
The plans are spatially efficient but also experiment with visual perspective to give the illusion of pronounced depth, caused by the diverging lines of the walls and ceiling.
Ott’s Yard represents vPPR’s breakthrough project, clearly demonstrating the practice’s willingness to explore dynamic forms while working in sensitive locations.