I remember rooms, elements of structure and gardens from the house type I grew up in.
Inter-war suburban semi-detached, 2-storey pitch roof properties facing busy roads with quiet back-to-back gardens.
Often gardens with flotsam and rubbish.
Fragments of structure and space are all that remain in my mind: imagined semi-dereliction or the work of an unfinished bull-dozer that has left bits of wall, niches, corners, chimneys, door-ways and the like.
As I think and draw, so I alter, add, extend and re-imagine these things. What is revealed out of this process of drawing are the pressures on the household budgets, the burgeoning needs on the members of the growing householders (grand-parents, teenagers etc.) and foremost real interiors. Patterns of density, boundary shape, and semi-communal facilities that suit single, pairs, other groups + neighbourhood needs. Perhaps.
Driving out of London on any arterial road, I see the physical wear and tear of traffic noise, pollution, these increasing family numbers, space, time and money.
I have drawn from these memories diagrams and patterns to illustrate possible growth and transformation. These domestic propositions are drawn at different scales and on 3 to 4 different sites. They echo and represent the potential change in patterns of density,
interior-exterior, uses and boundary on houses in other inner or outer suburban districts from other house types from the 1800’s to recent models.
The next thing is to apply the thinking to individual or groups of householders, communities in a real-life inter-war housing suburban situation, be it around London or another city. To find such individuals and groups, social or private.
graham modlen, registered architect.