Haringey Brick House

Satish Jassal Architects, London, 2015

 

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A new one bedroom, two storey house on a former derelict garage plot

The client had a garage laying dormant for ten years. He approached Satish Jassal Architects and asked for something doing with it. It successfully gained planning permission for a one-bedroom house.

The site measures 11 x 3.6 meters and the building footprint is 3.6 x 8.6 metres. It was a challenge to design a house on such a small footprint. Due to concerns about overlooking into neighbouring properties, the practice was only permitted to put windows to the side and to the front of the house, not to the rear.

The budget was very tight and the final contract value was only £170,000, which is a similar price to an extension in most parts of London. The practice worked very closely with the contractor to achieve this price, and produced a full construction package for tender.

The site terminates a terrace of strong 19th-century Victorian townhouses. The interesting thing about the existing Victorian townhouses are the vertical windows, the horizontal lines created by the window sills and the recessed entrances. The house picks up on some of these elements to have a conversation with the Victorian terrace, but not to imitate them.

Essentially, the concept was to create a series of brick bonding types and insert oak panels between them. We have three brick bonding types; the vertical staggered, the horizontal staggered and the stack bonding. The stone copings help to divide the bricks up. Internally, the oak becomes fixed furniture. All the furniture is bespoke to help fix the layout due to the size of the house.

The materiality of the building was very important. Brick, antique brass and oak have been used, which all have the inherent quality of getting better with age. There are also moments where some of the steelwork and concrete is exposed, telling you how the building is constructed.

Data

  • Begun: Jun 2014
  • Completed: Jan 2015
  • Floor area: 51m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £170,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Apr 2014
  • Procurement: JCT intermediate 2010
  • CO2 Emissions: 15kg/m2/year
  • Address: 1A Maryland Road, Haringey, London, N22 5AR, United Kingdom

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