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The Forge and Caponata
- Begun: Jul 2007
- Completed: May 2009
- Floor area: 727m2
- Sectors: Arts and culture, Residential
- Total cost: £2.5M
- Funding: Private
- Tender date: Jan 2007
- Procurement: JCT Standard Building Contract with Quantities (2005) – (SBC05)
- CO2 Emissions: 49,29kg/m2/year
- Address: 3-7 Delancey Street, London, NW1 7NL, United Kingdom
Recital room and restaurant separated by an internal courtyard, located on site of three demolished terraced houses
The scheme combines a small-scale recital space and a Sicilian restaurant. The site is small, with the recital space furthest from the road clad in light brick and featuring a pitched roof with a skylight at its apex. The restaurant space, clad in dark-brick is over two floors, with three one-bedroom apartments on the top floor. A full-height glazed courtyard featuring a green-wall separates these volumes, accommodating overspill from the restaurant.
The ground and first-floor of the restaurant space is cast in-situ concrete. The above floor is made from lightweight engineered timber-framed wall structure. The recital space is constructed of load-bearing masonry to maximise acoustic separation.
Natural ventilation and a high thermal mass help environmentally, with the green-wall aiming to improve the air quality.