Blue House

Griffiths, S., Jacob, S. and Holland, C. 2002. Blue House. Shoreditch, London.

TitleBlue House
CreatorsGriffiths, S., Jacob, S. and Holland, C.
Description

Griffiths is the main designer in Fashion-Architecture-Taste (FAT), a practice known for their investigations into the contemporary use of popular iconography in architecture, as famously pioneered by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. This innovative live/work building, affectionately known locally as the ‘Blue House’, has a cartoon-like billboard character which communicates its function as a home and office. The front has a miniature scale, but the side addressing the main street is made deliberately big in feel. Built for £300,000, the project deploys an innovative use of standard construction methods. The house contains a maisonette for family of three, an office and a separate apartment. Research issues include how to utilise the program requirements and site conditions to create a type of urban housing that play visually on everyday notions about domesticity, yet how achieve this effect within a restricted budget. The scheme aims to achieve a sustainable design that matches with its innovative cultural reading of contemporary urban lifestyles.

The Blue House has been widely featured in books, including The Buildings of England – London Vol.5: East (Yale, 2005, pp. 113, 598); New Architecture in Britain (Merrell, 2003, p.165); New London Architecture (Merrell, 2005, p.163); Anglo Files: UK Architecture’s Rising Generation (Thames & Hudson, 2005, pp. 112-27); Gritty Brits: New London Architecture (Carnegie Museum of Art, 2007, pp. 54-55). The project has likewise been extensively covered in architectural and national press, including Sunday Times, Financial Times, Independent, Evening Standard, Icon, L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, Building Design, Architecture Today, etc. Furthermore, the Blue House was nominated and shortlisted for the Mies Van der Rohe / European Union Prize for Architecture (2003). FAT is also run along with Sam Jacobs and Charles Holland, but Sean Griffiths was the exclusive designer for this project – his own home.

Date12 Nov 2002
FileGriffiths_1.pdf
Publication dates
Completed12 Nov 2002
Output mediaDesign

Related outputs

What is radical post-modernism? / post-modernism: an incomplete project
Jencks, C., Griffiths, S., Holland, C. and Jacob, S. 2011. What is radical post-modernism? / post-modernism: an incomplete project. Architectural Design. 81 (5), pp. 14-23.

A field guide to radical post-modernism
Griffiths, S., Holland, C. and Jacob, S. 2011. A field guide to radical post-modernism. Architectural Design. 81 (5), pp. 46-61.

Re-radicalising post-modernism
Griffiths, S., Holland, C. and Jacob, S. 2011. Re-radicalising post-modernism. Architectural Design. 81 (5), pp. 122-127.

FAT projects: manifesting radical post-modernism
Griffiths, S., Holland, C. and Jacob, S. 2011. FAT projects: manifesting radical post-modernism. Architectural Design. 81 (5), pp. 78-89.

Virtual corpses, figural sections and resonant fields
Griffiths, S. 2011. Virtual corpses, figural sections and resonant fields. Architectural Design. 81 (5), pp. 68-77.

Sint Lucas Art Academy
Griffiths, S., Jacob, S. and Holland, C. 2006. Sint Lucas Art Academy. Boxtel, Netherlands.

Islington Square housing project
Griffiths, S., Jacob, S. and Holland, C. 2006. Islington Square housing project. London.

Back to the future: staying with the suburban ideal
Griffiths, S. 2004. Back to the future: staying with the suburban ideal. London, UK CABE/RIBA.

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