Cargo Fleet

Chance de Silva, London, 2004


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Corten steel cladding, echoes of an industrial landscape 

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  • Corten steel cladding, echoes of an industrial landscape    
  • The immediate context    
  • The link between buildings    
  • View through window overthe backlands landscape    
  • Compact space extends over the stairs from the larger house    
  • Steel staircase     
  • First floor in larger front building    
  • Oak floors, cedar cladding    
  • The link between the two parts of Cargo fleet    
  • Wendy de Silva and Srephen Chance at the rear of their pair of houses    
  • One of the two generous kitchens in the smaller house    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Section    
  • The furnaces and smelting works of north Redcar inspired Chance de Silva    

Two connected buildings built on either side of a garden that can be occupied as one home or two

The home can be used flexibly to accommodate the changes in circumstance of the occupants over a lifetime. It can be used as one large dwelling, a home-office, or two smaller houses.

The two volumes are linked by a ramp, which sweeps the full length of the plot. Materials within the house were designed to be 'raw' with concrete and oak floors, unpainted plaster walls and steel stairs.

Cargo Fleet is clad in cor-ten steel and larch. Cor-ten was chosen for its natural beauty, its association with the industrial landscape, and its ability to represent the passage of time.


  • Begun: Jun 2002
  • Completed: Jan 2004
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £325,000
  • Tender date: Dec 2001
  • Procurement: JCT IFC 98
  • Address: Cargo Fleet, 14 Whistler Street, London, N5 1NJ, United Kingdom

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