Pocket House

Simone de Gale Architects, London, 2018


Subscribe now to instantly view this image

Subscribe to the Architects’ Journal (AJ) for instant access to the AJ Buildings Library, an online database of nearly 2,000 exemplar buildings in photographs, plans, elevations and details.

Already a subscriber? Sign in


Simone de Gale Architects     Download Original

  • image_2    
  • image_1    
  • image_3    
  • image_5    
  • image_4    
  • image_9    
  • image_8    
  • image_7    
  • image_6    
  • 14-170-03_proposed_site_plan    
  • 14-170-02_existing_site_plan    
  • 14-170-05_proposed_plans_sections_elevations    
  • 14-170-04_existing_plans_sections_elevations    
  • previous_condition    
  • 14-170-06_artists_impression    

A project that required creative thinking for a change of use.

In 2017 we completed our Pocket House Project. The project presented a forward-thinking innovative proposal for a change of use from industrial building to residential property which is standalone in its integrity, and can stand apart from the quite bland and mundane surrounding properties.

The project took into consideration the building footprint, initially 18 sqm and incorporated a volume increase exercise, whereby we made a full building height rear extension, first and second floor cantilever extension, and second floor roof extension, to create a larger overall GIA of 50 sqm in total, and in doing so, a building mass innovation became apparent, sculpting an architectural vision onto the tiny plot.

It was named ‘Pocket House’ because for a developer, it was a minuscule development which “could fit into their pocket of portfolio projects”. The property is the only one bedroom house with a freehold, front garden and top-floor balcony within the local vicinity.


  • Begun: Oct 2017
  • Completed: Sep 2018
  • Floor area: 50m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £226,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Jun 2016
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works Contract
  • Address: Rear of 330 Barking Road, London, E13 8HL, United Kingdom

Professional Team