Ethelburga Tower Apartment

Carl Trenfield Architects, London, 2013

 

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  • Initial General Arrangement Plans    
  • Demolition drawing indicating removal of bedroom wall to create new axis and view toward surrounding roof tops    
  • General Arrangement Plans    
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  • Preliminary sketches exploring tower    
  • Sketches exploring internal articulation and material application    
  • Spatial and narrative plan image    
  • Early tests to demonstrate eventual timber spacings    
  • Photo demonstrating formwork for resin terrazzo to rear of kitchen    
  • Photograph to show construction of kitchen and mounting of resin terrazzo rear wall    
  • The project was delivered via a comprehensive 3d model and site instruction resulting in fewer traditional drawing forms    
  • Many details tested and documented on site alongside trusted joiners and our client    
  • Image of digital working model demonstrating CTA approach to the project    

Significant renovation of a post war, park-side apartment

Following the success of the sensitive remodelling of a 1957 apartment, the architect was appointed to provide full architectural services for the renovation of a post war, 1965 park-side apartment.

Situated within the purpose built Ethelburga Tower in an area previously devastated by World War II, the apartment faces Battersea Park and beyond, to the now decommissioned Battersea Power Station.

The proposal intentionally played on this relationship and sought to be an urban / rural hybrid, melding agricultural detailing with those details currently present in the tower.

In the final scheme, kitchen accommodation was contained within a timber box, lightly touching on a treehouse vernacular.

Further moves include the subtle reworking and opening up of the second bedroom to function flexibly as either a comfortable snug or guest bedroom and is denoted by an agricultural panel and batten detail.

Fundamentally the apartment and its relationship with height, and views awarded from, was under explored. The above architectural moves celebrate the potential delight offered by height, allowing the client to now enter the apartment and immediately see a sunset, or rain shower, over the surrounding rooftops of urban London.

As with all of the studio's current projects, the project displays the conscious exploration of the notion of craft and the pursuit of close working relationships with our trusted craftsmen.

Data

  • Begun: Apr 2012
  • Completed: Jan 2013
  • Floor area: 70m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £40,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Address: Ethelburga Tower, Rosenau Road, London, SW11 4AD, United Kingdom

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