• Finchley Road
  • Finchley Road

Finchley Road

LPA
LB Camden
Client
Optimax Ltd
Site
126 Finchley Road | London NW3
Scale
2000 sqft private house
Status
In planning
"We asked Autor whether they can provide us with a building we can use to promote the Optimax eye laser brand with? And they did!"Russell Ambrose | CEO Optimax Ltd
The picture on the wall: Like a painting brightening up a wall, this five-metre slim, five-storey private house was conceived as a piece of art that enlivens the grey flank of its neighbouring six storey office building.

Fronting one of the busiest routes into London the architecture is inspired by the principle of the ‘Moroccan Window’, which, due to the small size of the mesh, allows easy views from the inside to the outside but not vice versa.

Designed in collaboration with Berlin-based artist Michael Taubenheim, the facade interprets the principle of the ‘Moroccan Window’ with a technique of laying across stripes of Japanese plate gold to create a random, yet organized pattern in which two pattern edges are always parallel. The resulting openings are used for windows, air filters and solar panels.

This highly sustainable Code 4 scheme demonstrates how architecture and art can merge to successfully respond to its historical and urban context as well as the physical conditions of the site defying noise, pollution and overlooking of neighbouring properties.