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Timber Fin House, Walthamstow, London by Neil Dusheiko Architects

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[SMALL PROJECTS 2011] This extension for a turn of the century home in Walthamstow provides flexible living space and an extra bedroom for a young family

The shape of the extension is designed to track the sun and create a positive space in the garden. The new structure is framed in oak and clad in Siberian Larch. The differentiation of materials allows the extension to be read as a separate structure rather than mimic the brick character of the existing building.

The design plays on the juxtaposition of natural light effects and artificial lighting as shadows cast on the façade by the timber fins, a layered pattern is revealed. The cranked geometry allows for maximum sun penetration. The vertical fins are contrasted by a linear walkway serving as a bench connecting the house to the garden.

Start on site date 15 June 2009
Date of Completion October 2009 (External works complete: July 2010)
Gross external floor area 46m²
Form of contractJCT 05 Building contract and consultancy agreement for a home owner/occupier
Total Cost £74,000
Client Tom Hadley and Bella Replh
Architect Neil Dusheiko Architects
Structural Engineer Momentum Engineering: Richard Heath
Main contractor RK Construction: Robert Kiersztyn

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