Maria's House

JOHNSTON architecture & design, London, 2014


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A two-person studio house located in a private garden

The zinc house is one of four dwellings built on a gated site at the end of a terrace replacing a former toilet block.

The roof form is sculpted to enable the building to be perceived as a single-storey garden studio.

A mezzanine level accommodates an open plan bedroom and bed/study space within the chamfered roof-spaces.

Windows cut through the walls and ceilings offer views of the site and sun-drenched tree canopies above.

Shadows cast on the zinc seams and joints adjust the proportion, pattern and articulation of the facades, creating a varied striped effect.

The asymmetrically applied zinc cladding offsets the scale, proportions and height of the building.

The south facing sliding glass screens open out onto a small, predominantly walled garden space.


  • Begun: Jan 2014
  • Completed: Sep 2014
  • Floor area: 50m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £195,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Sep 2013
  • Procurement: Private
  • CO2 Emissions: 5kg/m2/year
  • Address: 11 Maria Terrace, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 4NE, United Kingdom

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