The Hidden House


Client: Private
Architect: LTS Architects

The “Hidden House” is created from the sensitive reworking of two former workshop buildings and a retail space on a complex urban site in Knightsbridge, London.

The house is spread over multiple levels, it has large travel distances, a final escape route that is adjacent to an open kitchen and a hidden sprinkler system that covers only a small area.

In order to justify the proposed arrangement, Astute Fire used a comparative and probabilistic fire engineering methodology of the type permitted in BS 7974-PD7. The analysis involved replacing one measure (i.e. protected entrance hall) with another (sprinklers & enhanced fire detection) and running a CFD model in both cases to determine whether the more flexible alternative arrangement provided a comparable level of safety to its counterpart.

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