Status: Under construction
Location: Barnsbury street, N1
New build infill house
Why? Our client owned this house in the Barnsbury conservation area. The property has been in his family for nearly a hundred years and was originally a butcher shop with rooms above. Our client wanted to build in the very small back yard, for either himself or for sale. The site is very tight and confined with no views and being a strict conservation area as well as locally listed it could not be visible from the road at all. The project became even more challenging as the design also had to follow new build regulation and standards. Apart from the obvious challenge to allow sufficient natural light and air flow without any façades open towards the street or the back, the small site and the planning requirement for provision of sufficient open space called for a unique design solution. Rather than allocating a single area for a small patio garden, the open space wraps around the house and weaves in and out of the Livingroom and kitchen areas. This offset of the building line from the boundary along with strategic location of skylights results in an airy and light space which feels much larger than it actually is.
Award: Shortlisted for the NLA awards 2016