Two Houses, Hackney

Henley Halebrown Rorrison, London, 2005


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  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
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  • Section B-B    
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  • Section K-K    
  • Rear elevation    

Two private three-storey houses built of recycled materials the northern of which is adjacent to an existing two-storey house.

In the south house two floors of living rooms sandwich a concealed bedroom floor. The top and bottom floors are linked by a single stair that bypasses the middle floor.

The ground floor of north house is divided into a kitchen, a dining space and a garage. Above a second living space overlooks the garden, the top floor accommodates a bedroom and a bathroom.

The street elevation and gable walls are of traditional masonry cavity construction while the rear infill elevation is timber frame. This combination of mass and lightweight construction has also been employed through the section with the lower two floors being concrete and the upper floor comprising a timber structure.

Recycled polychromatic bricks are used throughout the building for the external elevations, forecourt, internal lobbies, garden wall and landscape details. The top storey is divided into an array of vertical glazed and copper panels.

Copper is also used for hoppers, downpipes, copings and the rear sloped roof to age and tone with the brick. The garden elevation is clad in black stained timber. Internally, floors are softwood or polished concrete, walls are natural plaster and joinery is painted or in alder ply.

The houses incorporate natural stack ventilation via floor voids and roof outlets, energy efficient heating with condensing boiler and underfloor heating, together with high levels of insulation and the use of thermal mass (concrete floors) to augment heating with passive solar gain.


  • Completed: 2005
  • Floor area: 373m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £675,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Address: 115-117 Church Walk, London, N16 8QW, United Kingdom

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