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Up-and-coming practice Scape Architects has won planning permission for its first new-build private house in Tufnell Park, north London. The two-bedroom house is modest in scale, and Scape worked closely with Islington's planning and conservation department to produce a 'sensitive and contextual' design. Rising only 1m above the boundary wall, the two-storey building is sunken from the street to mitigate impact on a 270m 2 plot of land in the client's existing garden. From street level the property projects a tough, urban presence nestling behind a raised garden wall, ensuring privacy for both the occupant and the neighbouring house. Built on a solid-timber frame, the house interlocks with a semi-permeable wooden-slat screen, which wraps around the volume of the house, dematerialising into a more delicate arrangement at the rear. Bedrooms are located on the ground oor, and guests are orientated downstairs to the open-plan reception spaces, which give access to the terrace. At street level the screen conceals an amenity strip for waste and bike storage, ooding light down to the glazed elevation of the kitchen. The project's budget is £225,000 and it will go on site in January 2007, with completion set for May 2007.

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