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Jack Woolley finishes own sunken home in Islington

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] AJ Small Projects Award winner Jack Woolley has completed this subterranean, £347,000 home for his family in Islington

Jack Woolley, who won the 2012 Small Projects Award for his Old Workshop scheme which was also in the north London borough, has created a sunken, two-bedroom house in the garden of a Victorian end terrace.

The reinforced concrete building stands around a small courtyard, entered through a hinged section of a yellow stock brick wall. A split-level ground floor contains a living room, with two bedrooms, bathrooms and a study placed in the basement.

Rooflights and a ‘glazed slice’ cut through the roof and wall of the lower ground floor allow natural light into the house with the inside face of the street gate clad with reflective material to bounce more daylight into the lower level.

Ground granulated blast-furnace slag was used for the aggregate and the structure is insulated with Icynene closed cell foam to ensure an air-tight envelope, venitlated by a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system.


Project data

Architect: Jack Woolley
Start on site: October 2011
Date of completion May 2013
Gross internal floor area 95 m²
Total cost £347,000
Form of contract Contract management
Client self build
Architect Jack Woolley
Structural engineer Momentum
Main contractors Pyntec (groundworks), Precise Formwork (formwork), Clockwork Construction (fit out)

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