Flo-Ro

Chance de Silva, London, 2014

 

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New freestanding music studio, kitchen/dining extension and internal remodelling of an end-of-terrace Victorian house in Stroud Green

The clients – professional chamber musicians – sought to consolidate their end-of-terrace plot for home and musical life, requiring a freestanding music studio for teaching/practice, a new kitchen/dining extension, and remodelling of the house.

The extension and studio were created as a sequence of rooms enclosing garden space. Their angular forms emerged when considering the musicians’ spatial/acoustic requirements, sunpaths and viewing lines.

The studio has non-parallel walls for acoustics, with doors opening to the garden to form a ‘stage’ for performances. The studio roof pitches towards a central skylight, providing height for a standing musician and minimising glare. Raised rooflights with sloping ceilings in the extension express the exposed structure and carefully negotiate original Victorian features.

Natural larch and zinc were used to distinguish new from old while still weathering to settle into the surroundings. Tapered roof seams express the geometry of the forms so that the facets flow around the enclosed garden.

Data

  • Begun: Mar 2013
  • Completed: Jun 2014
  • Floor area: 58m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £220,400
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Jan 2013
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Building Works
  • CO2 Emissions: 29.46kg/m2/year
  • Address: 86a Florence Road, Stroud Green, London, N4 4DP, United Kingdom

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