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- Begun: Feb 2012
- Completed: Mar 2012
- Floor area: 16m2
- Sector: House
- Total cost: £19,000
- Tender date: Dec 2011
- Procurement: MInor Works
- Address: London, United Kingdom
The clients for this small residential jewel have an expanding family but fixed walls. Since they couldnâ€™t expand upwards or outwards, we had to build inwards. We designed a room within a room
The project was generated from simple but severe planometric and sectional constraints, literally growing from its context. Its volume tucks into a corner to take up minimum volume, yet its innards array to maximise the sense of interior spaciousness. The room packs a series of planes and pockets that carefully combine minimal volume with maximum pleasure. Barely shoulder-width at its exposed elevation, the room offers a rich, sensual, multi-programmed journey from door to bed.
The structureâ€™s thin CNC-cut plywood ribs swell and retract to provide integrated furniture and shelving, their outer skin sheathed in glowing plasterboard that blends back into the existing room. The room is accessed by a spiralling set of stairs that grow from the corner of the room and flow between the pillars of the entry portal, their lower levels continuing as a series of alcove shelves beneath. The bed cantilevers over the floor to offer sufficient legroom for its future transformation into an extension of the generous desk as the children grow and migrate, and the room becomes a workspace.
The room arrived flat-packed in the back of a truck, and was rapidly unfolded into a set of ribs that were connected and erected within a day