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disPLAY completes Chiswick home

[FIRST LOOK + DRAWINGS + DATA] Soho-based disPLAY Architecture has completed this four-storey house in the Chiswick House conservation area

The five-bedroom home replaced a bungalow on a surburban street took its form from the neighbouring semi-detached houses.

The building’s structure is composed of pre-fabricated timber Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) clad with mineral render on the front facade and western red cedar on the side and garden facades.

A cartesian grid enabled the recording of the annual sunlight levels up to a height of 9 metres

A cartesian grid enabled the recording of the annual sunlight levels up to a height of 9 metres

According to the practice, horizontal floor plates which ‘move in opposing directions’ allow natural light to enter the house from above, combined with floor to ceiling glazing, ‘enable sunlight to follow occupation throughout the day’.

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Project data

Start on site September 2011
Date of completion September 2012                                
Gross internal floor area 445m²
Form of contract JCT Standard Building Contract
Client Private
Architect disPLAY  
Project architect Adam Tarr
Structural engineer NFM Engineering
Quantity surveyor Russoff Waud Associates
Main contractor ThermoHomes Europe

Readers' comments (4)

  • What an without forgetting the function of the building. If this was a sculpture I'd be more than happy to display it in my Gallery.amazing practice to produce a beautiful , functional building in Central London . The exterior with its grace and mixed surfaces are more organic than most developments

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  • I was in Chiswick a few weeks ago and suddenly came across this project. I really like the way the shape of the building preserves its traditional origin, but the clean modern lines and materials give it a new life. Excellent work.

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  • In my role as a University Lecturer I was giving a lecture on green technologies the other day to Hons Degree students and this project came up due to its use of SIPs. It’s nice to see a firm who sticks to their principles of process driven design rather than scribbling on the back of a napkin and then trying to shoe horn in programme later, mentioning no names, we all know who they are!
    This design shows a logical and systematic approach to a traditional housing challenge. It is an excellent example of why good clients use contemporary architects and dont just settle for the status quo. I am sure we will see a more excellent work from disPLAY, congratulations to the AJ for featuring it, you will be able to say, "you saw them here first"

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  • Beautiful project! I really appreciate the mix of materials. The timber compliments the rest of the building so well and the lines of the house seem to fit beautifully in with the context of the street. I am sure this house will be a joy to live in with all the wonderful natural light coming in through the skylights and the great windows on the north side of the house.

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