Gillespie Road

Mole Architects, London, 2009


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Small house that achieves a sense of spaciousness through smart level planning

Designed for a developer, for rent, the site was previously occupied by a row of three garages, measuring 4.4 x 8 metres.

The 75m2 internal area is divided over three floors achieved with a split-level plan. A half-basement allows the top floor to be less than 4.5m permitting a plan without a fully enclosed stair. As a consequence, this small house on a tight site feels spacious and light.

Construction was simple; reinforced block basement walls, concrete block walls and joisted floors and roof. Insulation is external behind a rainscreen of cement fibre panels in red and white, the colours of Arsenal football club, (Highbury stadium is on the same road). The roof is zinc-standing seam. Internally the house is painted plaster with oak floors and staircase.


  • Begun: Aug 2008
  • Completed: Feb 2009
  • Floor area: 75m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £200,000
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works
  • CO2 Emissions: 1.7kg/m2/year
  • Address: Gillespie Road, London, N5 1LR, United Kingdom

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