N22: A kitchen on wheels

Turner Architects, London, 2016


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A small home that transforms for large gatherings features an adaptable piece of furniture that moves to meet the occasion.

A small, locally listed, Victorian railway cottage in a conservation area that has been bought to replace a family home. The owner needed more space than the cottage provided: she wanted smaller cellular rooms day to day, but also the space to welcome the whole family back together for Sunday lunch. A brief that seemed to contradict itself.

We have created a house that responds to her needs. Each room within the house is deliberate and purposeful: the cosy individual spaces make use of every turn. At the centre, a simple trick to make the space more than it appears: the ability to change it for the occasion by moving normally immoveable features. What could have been a division between the kitchen and living room has become a piece of furniture that provides essential functions for both rooms. The cloakroom quietly welcomes you; an end becomes a desk; a face becomes a bookcase and a side becomes the cooker and cupboards. Each piece we crafted to respond to its function, celebrating the incidental moments of home life.

But these seemingly permanent features have been given a lightness and mobility, we have given them the ability to transform: like any piece of furniture, it can move wholly to the side. Yet, it doesn’t lose its function: a feast can still be created as the family share a single space.


  • Begun: Aug 2015
  • Completed: Jan 2016
  • Floor area: 39m2
  • Sectors: Residential, House
  • Total cost: £90,000
  • Tender date: May 2015
  • Procurement: JCT MWD 2011
  • Address: 24 Dorset Road, London, N22 7SL, United Kingdom

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