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Conder to drop black timber home on Hackney warehouse

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A matt black timber house designed by Simon Conder Associates (SCA) is set to be lifted by crane onto the roof of a brick warehouse in London Fields, Hackney next month

The 350m2 home for clients Caz Hildebrand and Lisa Vandy, who own and work out of the building, was devised as a prefabricated building to keep the budget down and to avoid disruption to the business and neighbours.

A statement from the practice said: ‘The project uses a robust architectural language which is site specific and responds to the industrial character of the existing building in a way that respects the original without attempting to copy it.

‘The architectural language consists of externally expressed planed timber columns with an infill of sawn horizontal weatherboarding. The timber columns are set out on the grid of the existing window openings below to form a visual link between new and old.’


Openings on the north elevation were minimised to reduce heat loss and overlooking of adjacent properties, while those on the south and east elevations were maximised to maximise sunlight and to exploit views.

An open plan top floor will accommodate the main living spaces, which at the eastern end open out into a planted loggia structure, while the floor below will contain three bedrooms.

The new house, which is being built by contractor Famella, will be finished in a matt black preservative stain and can be accessed either through the design studios below or via a new dedicated lift on the rear of the building.

SCA has also appointed Becky Wootton as an associate. She joined the firm in 2007 after training at Nottingham University and London Metropolitan University.


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