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Denizen Works revives tired Modernist home for under £50k

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Denizen Works has renovated the front elevation of a Modernist house in Highgate, North London with a budget of less than £50,000


The house sits next door to Eldridge Smerrin’s RIBA award-winning Glass House and the Eidolon House by Dominic McKenzie Architects.

The proposal played on the context of the Eidolon House and the surrounding Waterlowe Park and Highgate Cemetary.

According to practice founder Murray Kerr, instead of reflecting the living trees, they decided to ‘use wood that had been traumatised’ in order to play on the client’s love of the macabre.

Heavily charred larch fins sit within a depth of just 320mm and create a counterpoint to the mirrored façade of the Eidolon House.

The fins, which all sit within one plane to unify the elevation, are fixed to the existing façade using top-hat brackets and glue.

The Stephen Lawrence Prize-winning practice won the job through a competitive interview back in 2015.

Pictures: Ben Blossom

Valhalla by Denizen Works

Project data

Location Highgate, London
Type of project renovation
Client private
Architect Denizen Works
Structural engineer Price and Myers
Main contractor Silverwood
Funding private
Appointment invited competition
Tender date November 2015
Start on site date February 2016
Completion date March 2016
Contract duration 5 weeks
Gross internal floor area N/A
Form of contract Building contract for a homeowner/occupier who has not appointed a consultant to oversee the work
Total cost undisclosed (less than £50,000)

Valhalla by Denizen Works


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