Bere Architects has revealed this image of a compact, new 'eco-space house' which is about to go on site in north London.
The Focus House in Finsbury Park will cover just 110m 2
and will sit on the end of an existing row of Victorian terrace houses.
Insulated and protected from summer heat by zinc cladding, the low-energy scheme also features solar water heating and rainwater harvesting.
Explaining the project, practice founder Justin Bere said: 'The main objective was to exchange a large high-maintenance house for a compact low-maintenance, energy-preserving house that would allow a young couple and their children to shift the focus of their lives by transposing the traditional space division of the Victorian house to suit present-day need.'
He added: 'Healthy air and water quality is ensured by the rigorous selection of non-toxic materials, low-energy heat-recovery ventilation and whole-house water filtration and softening for drinking, bathing and showering.'
The development is the second in a series of eco-homes being built by the practice. The first, also in north London, is to become Justin Bere's own home.by Richard Waite