Re-interpreting the Arts and Crafts Gable
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The traditional Arts & Crafts gable has been abstracted and reinterpreted for this small backland site in Wembley. By following the spacing between local maisonette flats and then examining the pitched angle of the roofs of nearby low-rise houses, it was possible to create a three-bay property with double-height eaves. Inclined facades alternate as you move around the development which are punctuated by strips of full-height glazing that stretch up to the top of the roofline.
This dramatic contemporary design is wrapped in timber shingles that pick up on the hues of the surrounding brick buildings. The scheme is further integrated into the local area thanks to a communal garden that is created out of an existing roof space, and the first-floor deck access follows the precedent set by the neighbouring maisonette block.
With two flats on the ground floor and two-storey apartments on the levels above, the interior, exterior and urban grain are operating in complete harmony to provide spacious homes on an incredibly small plot.