House of Trace

Tsuruta Architects, London , 2015

 

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The demolition and replacement of a house extension in South East London

The demolition of the original extension and its replacement called for an intervention that could be a part of the original main building without replicating classical vocabulary or gesture. The intention was to keep a sense of everyday memory, while allowing the new intervention to have its own identity.

The original extension had no distinct historical or architectural value and was structurally unsound, but it had a slope roof profile typical of those found in terrace house back gardens. 

The architect chose to incorporate this banality in the new facade – in a way persevering its charm to carry some sense of associated memory to those who know it or those who see it new. Internally significant old movements have now been revealed and retained as cracks and new structures have been exposed. By registering these memories and stories, the clutters of daily life could fully inhabit the space.

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  • Begun: May 2014
  • Completed: Jan 2015
  • Floor area: 110m2
  • Total cost: £247,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Apr 2014
  • Procurement: Part JCT MW and direct contract
  • Address: 1 Whatman Road , London , SE23 1EY, United Kingdom

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