Union Wharf by Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects

Union Wharf by Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects

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Union Wharf by Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects, located in London, UK | The Hardt

 

Union Wharf by Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects, located in London, UK. Union Wharf is a mid terrace canal side property built within the footprint of a converted factory building. It is located along the Regents Canal in Islington, London. The aspiration of the project was to transform a dated, under-performing and compromised couple’s dwelling into a contemporary, energy efficient and spatially generous family home. Works consisted of a full refurbishment and remodel of the three-story property including the replacement and extension of an existing rooftop conservatory to transform it from an unusable storeroom into a contemporary habitable space that can be used all year round with an external terrace. The approach throughout the project was to use moderately priced materials, adding value through thoughtful, crafted details and care during execution

 

 


 

The footprint of the existing conservatory was increased to create a flexible space that can either be used as a guest suite, lounge and/ or study. Located along Regents Canal, the new rooftop structure is inspired by canal boats incorporating an enveloping oak and ash interior. As the rooftop expresses so much of the structure, Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects worked closely with Blue Engineering from an early design stage. Timber and steel flitched components create structural legibility adding rhythm and texture whilst enhancing the perception of volume. The layered south elevation maximizes light, views and enhances connectivity with the terrace and sky. It is articulated by 3 bespoke picture frames fabricated from 10mm steel plates that respond to the interior zoning of the space. The frames accommodate full height sliding glass doors as well as glare reducing steel cables strung vertically in tension in front of the glass to diffuse daylight.

 

The primary living space on the ground floor was reconfigured to resolve the disconnection of the kitchen, lounge and dining area whilst creating an open free flowing space. A sliding glass partition allows a new playroom to be concealed or connected when appropriate to the main living space. Bespoke rotating window shutters fabricated from fluted glass provide privacy from users of the canal towpath whilst maximizing natural light and views.

 

 


 

Inspired by the former industrial use of the building, the material palette incorporates raw and uncovered finishes such as the original concrete soffit, which contains the scars of where walls were located whilst the building was used as a factory. In contrast to this, elements such as the kitchen, fixtures, and fittings are precisely detailed, warm in color and texture to create a unique material palette with a contemporary yet homely atmosphere.

 

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© Nicholas Worley

 


 

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Richmond Avenue House by Lipton Architects

Richmond Avenue House by Lipton Architects

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Richmond Avenue House by Lipton Architects located in London, UK | The Hardt

 

Richmond Avenue House by Lipton Architects located in London, UK. “Our unique process has transformed Richmond Avenue to create a site-specific result that is recognizably original, intelligently resolved, aesthetic, enduring and valuable. The creation of a two-story high glass rear addition playfully connects family life together. A double-height glass extension was designed to sit gracefully, transforming the introvert lower ground space, with its closed in corridors and segregated rooms, to an extrovert space that reaches out and makes connections with the garden and ground floor. A glazed tryptic – a ground floor balcony, an oriel stair seat and an internal study window – overlooks the double height space, creating playful and connected family spaces.” Lipton Architects

 

 

Photography: David Vintiner

 


 

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Private House by David Chipperfield Architects

Private House by David Chipperfield Architects

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Private House by David Chipperfield Architects located in London’s Kensington | The Hardt

 

Private house by David Chipperfield Architects located in London’s Kensington, off Brompton Road in the Brompton Square Conservation Area. The building’s structure is made of in-situ concrete with an 8.5 in (215mm) brick skin, and precast concrete soffits and sills. The visible concrete has colored red to match the bricks and has an exposed aggregate finish. All exterior door and window frames are generous in size and made of bronze. The main materials inside include travertine floors, oak doors and fittings, and polished plaster walls. Several rooms have been lined with different materials to emphasize their function: a small alcove-like space on the piano nobile is covered with deep red leather panels; the walls of the spa are patterned with vertical obeche wood strips.

 

 

 

 

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Skywood House by Graham Phillips

Skywood House by Graham Phillips

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Skywood House by Graham Phillips, situated in Denham just outside of London, UK | The Hardt

 

Skywood House by Graham Phillips, situated in Denham just outside of London, UK. The main living space – a double square in plan with a high frame-less glass wall – faces west over the lake. The rectangular form of the glass box is continued by the clerestory windows that run along the tops of the walls that extend towards the lake and the landscape. The bedrooms each have a built-in desk surface and overlook the walled garden. A perimeter of black basalt gravel borders the green lawn. The magnolia tree was preserved in its original position and became central to the garden space. The bedrooms each have a built-in desk surface and overlook the walled garden. A perimeter of black basalt gravel borders the green lawn.The magnolia tree was preserved in its original position and became central to the garden space. The bedrooms have no sliding doors, only frameless glass panels to maximize the view

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Westbourne Grove (2012) by Russell Jones

Westbourne Grove (2012) by Russell Jones

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Westbourne Grove (2012) by Russell Jones located in London, United Kingdom | The Hardt

 

Westbourne Grove (2012) by Russell Jones located in London, United Kingdom. The initial brief for a largely unrefurbished Victorian house on the South Side of London’s Westbourne Grove, centered around establishing a new family home for two adults and their young children. During the course of the project, the family expanded from two children to four. Behind the original façade, the buildings circulation, rear form, and fenestration limited the development of a new section able to generate enough space for a growing family. The resulting project involved the complete demolition of all original accommodation behind the front façade, and substantial excavation to facilitate the new proposal. The original half landing and cross wall configuration was superseded by vertically stacked circulation over six levels, and more generously proportioned and planned spaces. The living and dining area, over two levels, are linked by a double height gallery and motorized door, which opens directly onto a rear courtyard. Family accommodation extends beyond the new lower ground level up to the Westbourne Grove pavement.

 

 


 

Level 1 is dedicated to the Master suite, with the upper levels accommodating the 4 children. The carefully considered simple palette of materials has been chosen to absorb and reflect light and provide continuous surfaces for the client’s substantial art collection. Florentine Pietra Serena limestone is used throughout the living spaces and bathrooms, and grey oiled Oak is the primary floor surface in all bedrooms.

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