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Dominic McKenzie wins go-ahead for one-bed Dalston house


Hackney Council has granted permission for this ‘small but beautiful’ one-bedroom home in a Dalston, east London by Dominic McKenzie Architects.

The scheme in St Mark’s Conservation area will see the construction of the two-storey house totalling just 64m2 on a brownfield infill site.

The building, commissioned by a private client, will use cross laminated timber in the construction, and will be clad with a patterned design inspired by a nearby church.

McKenzie told the AJ: ‘St Mark’s Church is grade II* listed and forms the centrepiece of the regeneration area. One detail we really liked on the church was a carved detail like a flower motif forming part of the church tower.

‘The area also used to be home to market gardens, so the use of the flower motif also refers to that.’

He added: ‘We think it is a small but beautiful design.’

A report by Hackney planners said: ‘The building has a clean contemporary form and design and the proposed cast panel finish to the front is an interesting but subtle feature that references the nearby church and reinforces local distinctiveness.’

Downstairs, the home will contain a kitchen/living room plus dining room, with a bedroom and small office located on the first floor.
The plans also contain a 12.5m2 courtyard, and McKenzie said the plan was to plant a tree in a boundary wall.

McKenzie said that work would start on building the home in the summer.

Project data

Architects: Dominic McKenzie Architects
Location: Dalston, London
Type Of Project: House
Client: Karmen O Lomax-Dwent
Gross internal floor area: 64m²
Start on site: Summer 2015


Readers' comments (2)

  • I don't mean to be a spoil sport, because it is a visually attractive design, but it doesn't appear to comply with Lifetime Homes requirements or comply with Building Regulations.

    The entrance level WC doesn't comply with LTH and also can't have it opening directly onto a kitchen space without a lobby. Or am I missing something?

    I have to say I see so many beautiful looking projects published in the AJ that don't comply with regs, but I guess that doesn't matter, as long as it is a visually attractive and interesting design?!

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  • Hi Babel
    Thanks for appreciating our design ('visually attractive' and 'interesting'). Regarding your comments about not complying with Building Control or Lifetime Homes - you are incorrect. Our designs do comply with both Building Regs and LTH. As I'm sure you can tell from the images and plans of our scheme - the site is extremely tight and we worked very hard to meet compliance with all regulations as well as planning requirements.
    Best Wishes

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