The Forge and Caponata

Burd Haward Architects, London, 2009


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View down Delancey Street 

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  • View down Delancey Street    
  • Street facade    
  • The green wall brings a unique atmosphere to the courtyard    
  • Restaurant viewed from the internal courtyard    
  • The courtyard situated between the recital room and the restaurant    
  • The first flooer of the restaurant    
  • Acoustic doors seperate the recital room from the courtyard    
  • Cream brickwork soften    
  • Timber lined walls soften the rooms hard-edged aesthetic    
  • The cast in situ concrete structure combines with timber-lined and brick internal surfaces to present a robost materiality    
  • One of three apartments on the top floor    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • Front elevation    
  • Side elevation    
  • Street elevation    
  • Site model    
  • Initial model    
  • Planning model    
  • Facade model    
  • Detail section through front elevation    
  • Detail section through front elevation    

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.


  • 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

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