Architect: Edgley Design
Designed by architects Edgley Design, this fantastic two-bedroom contemporary house with private courtyard garden forms part of a striking RIBA-award-winning development on a quiet pedestrian street in central Islington. The house was completed in 2016.
Accommodation is arranged over three floors and centres around a raw-steel staircase that rises up through the structure, connecting the open-plan kitchen / dining area on the ground floor with the living space above. The two bedrooms, both with built-in wardrobes and en-suite bathrooms, and a utility room are on the lower ground floor.
The ground and lower ground levels are built from a concrete structure that forms a pedestal on which the upper storey floats.
This upper floor is an angular free-form living space with a lightweight construction made from timber and metal, and is wrapped in pre-patinated zinc. The split-roof design contains a north-facing clerestory window which floods the room with natural light, giving a striking sense of space and volume. A huge ‘speaker’ window overlooking the rear courtyard garden captures the afternoon sunlight.
The interior of the house has been carefully considered. The architects have designed a series of bespoke joinery pieces to fit the space, some handcrafted and others machined, including the open-tread staircase, kitchen units and the birch-plywood and Valchromat cabinets in the living room. There are polished-concrete floors at ground level and an immaculate lino covers the floors in the living space.
The house achieves a Level 4 in the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Located in central Islington, the house is very well positioned for all that is on offer on Upper Street and Chapel Market, including a vibrant selection of restaurants, pubs and bars. Exmouth Market is nearby, known for its excellent restaurants like Moro and Caravan. Sadlers Wells and the Almeida Theatre are a short walk away.
The house is very conveniently placed for transport, with Angel Underground Station only a few minutes’ walk for access to the Northern Line. A number of buses run from nearby stops into central London and the City. The Eurostar at King’s Cross is also easily accessible.
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Having designed contemporary houses for ten years, Edgley design believe that good design is the key to realising quality buildings, with a clean minimal approach creating spaces that are beautiful, affordable, and environmentally friendly. They are driven by an interest in materiality and the sculptural composition of space, to create dramatic interiors with a sense of spaciousness, often in confined and challenging situations. Every project has its own identity, derived from the personality of their clients and the relationship of a site to its context.