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Amin Taha wins planning for flexible flat-cum-office

Amin Taha Architects has won planning permission for this 200m² flexible re-use of an exisitng brick building in Hoxton, east London

The scheme in Phipp Street has been designed as ‘a family residence, part office or gallery’ which can be continually reconfigured ‘while maintaining vertical scale and visual interconnection’.

Practice founder Amin Taha said: ‘Split floor levels are carried by expressed trusses spanning the existing brick structure.

‘As with our design at Westbourne Grove sheme, ‘furniture boxes’ house utilities and incorporate sliding and pivoting doors and walls that allow the sub-division of space and therefore the determination of use.’

He added: ‘The external envelope is a visually seamless curtain of woven mesh with opening panels onto the terrace and some windows.’

Project data

Architects: Amin Taha Architects
Location: Phipp Street, Hoxton, London
Type Of Project: Residential-Live/Work
Structural Engineers: Webb Yates
Project Architect: Richard Cheesman
Design Team: Richard Cheesman, Dominykas Kacinskas, Holly Hayward, Amin Taha
Client: BMA
Funding: Private
Tender date: January 2012
Start on site date: March 2012
Contract duration: 12 months
Gross internal floor area: 200m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Traditional
Total cost:  £500,000       
M&e consultant: 
Peter Deer+Asc
Quantity surveyor: Flemming Russel Stent
Planning supervisor: tbc
Annual co2 emissions: tbc

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