Hackney Townhouse

ZS Architects (now amalgamated to form ZCD Architects), London, 2013

 

 

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Complete refurbishment and extension of a late 1960s three-storey terraced townhouse.

This project involved the complete refurbishment and extension of a late 1960s three-storey terraced townhouse. The existing building was completely stripped back, including removal of all the exterior PVC wall panels and windows, leaving only the integral brick walls.

The brief was to create a large and special family home, with lots of natural light. Special consideration was given to the positioning of the family’s Butsudan within the house as well as the connections and flow between the existing and new spaces.

The extension to the side and rear provides an additional 50m2 of space which wraps around the existing footprint of the building. The introduction of large skylights in the existing roof was an important move, which allows lots of natural light into the core of the existing house where previously there had been little or none. Black engineering brick walls replace the thin white PVC wall panels, which not only improve the overall thermal performance of the building, but introduce a playful surface of texture and pattern which changes in relation to shadow and light.

This project demonstrates how, through a process of removal, alteration and extension, the ubiquitous 1960’s townhouse can be transformed into a unique and contemporary family home.

Data

  • Begun: Mar 2012
  • Completed: Feb 2013
  • Floor area: 158m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £195,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Jan 2012
  • Procurement: MWD 2011 (Minor Works with Contractor’s Design 2011)
  • Address: Hackney, London, E8, United Kingdom

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