Emerging from lockdown: As the construction industry begins to get back on its feet, we are looking forward to seeing a number of new projects start on site in the coming months. Green House – a new 5-bedroomed family home in Haringey for a photographer and a teacher – is almost there. Located in a conservation area, the design draws on the green, heavily-wooded backland character of the site and re-interprets the traditional greenhouse as a model of domestic space.
The new home is constructed from cross-laminated timber (CLT) and incorporates planting within a deep polycarbonate elevation to the front of the house. In the centre of the home is a two-storey, glazed atrium that contains the dining space around which curtains can be either fully drawn or – quite theatrically – partially drawn to provide different levels of privacy, openers and acoustic absorbance between different domestic activities. At the first floor the atrium provides a gallery on all four sides from which to access the bedrooms, bathroom and utility space. All the bedrooms look out on to the mature trees that surround the site.
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