Back Garden City

‘Back Garden City’ proposes new homes for multi-generational living within under-utilised back gardens in Knowle West, a low-density post war suburb of Bristol built to ‘Garden City’ principles that is replicated across the UK.

It is proposed that new homes could be built to the back of these plots for family members to live independently, whilst still in close proximity to the main dwelling.

These could be developed in multiple configurations and unit sizes. An individual family could create an annexe for an elderly parent, or separate dwelling for an adult daughter living at home. Neighbours might choose to develop a unit across gardens for a young couple wanting to remain in an area. Groups of existing residents or local authority land owners could offer their back gardens to form clusters of dwellings, community facilities, or a cohousing development. 

The principles that we have followed aim to make the homes appropriate for the back garden sites, practical to build, and great places to live. We have tried to deal with issues of overlooking, scale, parking, and privacy as well as seeking to enable a sense of community.

Individual units are modular and use a mix of high and low-tech construction methods. A brick garden wall wraps around pre-fabricated modular timber framed OSB ‘boxes’. OSB box beams support a large roof lantern offering a generous, delighful space filled with daylight and supporting solar panels.