Morton Boathouse

Waind Gohil Architects, London, 2011

 

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The brief was for a new one-bed annexe to a listed house, constructed over an historic wall and garage

A gross internal area of only 40m2 the design required a high level of integration of structure, space, storage and services to maximise efficiencies.

The simple internal volume is divided by joinery to form a bedroom, ensuite and open plan kitchen, dining and sitting area. A glass panel over the partition allows the appreciation of the full extent and rhythm of the exposed timber structure.

Privacy is secured with oak framed windows set within deep reveals, and slots through the cladding to provide light to the terrace whilst restricting views to the main house.

The use of timber to form the lightweight structure is important to avoid over-loading the existing wall and garages. Expressed both internally and externally the extensive use of timber as structure and surface finish evokes vernacular Thames boathouses, whilst providing a highly efficient yet striking modern space. Reclaimed timber cladding and oak shakes contrast with the otherwise simple modern detailing.

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  • Begun: Mar 2010
  • Completed: Apr 2011
  • Floor area: 55m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £220,000
  • Procurement: JCT ICD05
  • Address: Morton House, Chiswick Mall, London, W4 2PS, United Kingdom

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