Urban house leaves the city outside.
The house is located on a very constrained site in an industrial
alleyway, which runs parallel to Bethnal Green Road, a busy shopping
street in London. The client - two industrial designers - required a
place to live and work which could offer a sanctuary to escape the
The building is designed to minimise views out so as to create a
sense of shelter from the outside world. The studio and living spaces
are arranged as two interlocking L-shaped forms, with a balcony
overlooking the studio carved out of the bedroom wall.
Bound on three sides by 2-storey party walls, from the street the
building is expressed as a foreign object ‘wedged’ into the existing
terrace. The design provides a bold counterpoint to the disheveled
alleyway but the pared down neutrality of materials and anonymity of
the entrance minimises intrusion.