New garage and gym in North London

macArchitect, London, 2012

 

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New timber-clad garage and private gym situated within a North London domestic garden

Originally conceived as a new garage building to house the client’s two prized sports cars, but subsequently reconfigured to provide space for one car and a private gym, the building’s form is directly influenced by the site and it’s immediate context: the form of the building adheres closely to the boundaries on either side, the resulting quadrilateral form has been given an additional fold along it’s longest edge in order to avoid uprooting a fine, semi-mature alder tree during the new construction.

The material choices are also influenced by the surrounding urban woodland setting: the predominant cladding material is a cedar rainscreen, which envelopes the building’s sides and roof, creating a practically seamless box when viewed from outwith the site, this box opens up dramatically towards the client’s garden with large frameless glass panels giving a visual connection between the interior of the gym and the expansive garden beyond.

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  • Begun: Apr 2011
  • Completed: Aug 2012
  • Floor area: 57m2
  • Sectors: Residential, Sports and leisure, Transport
  • Total cost: £94,000
  • Tender date: Feb 2011
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works with contractor’s design
  • Address: Wood Lane, London, N6 5UB, United Kingdom

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