The Secret Houses - a pair of two bedroom new build houses
Edgley Design acted as both developer and architect on this scheme for two new houses on the site of former workshops behind terraced houses on Chapel Market, Islington.
Surrounded on all sides by a high wall the site is a retreat from the bustle of the market outside. All a visitor sees on entering is a narrow timber wall and two doors at the end of a long alleyway. As you enter the house the spaces gradually unfold, first into an open living area, lit by slots of light cut up into the roof, and then to the internal courtyard.
The houses are finished in natural materials- limestone and walnut- that are inviting to the touch and the barefoot resident. As you step out into the courtyard, bare brick walls and raw timber reflect the industrial history of the site.