It took a total of 7 years to obtain the necessary properties and access rights to be able to build the apartment. After shoring up the building’s structure to be able to handle the new load, a steel and glass two-story apartment was built on top.
Access to the home is provided by a bridge from a neighboring building. A rooftop sun deck contains a green vegetated area along with solar collectors. The middle floor contains 5 identical bedrooms, two bathrooms and a playroom area; and downstairs is the kitchen, living area, office and master bedroom.
The south and the west facades are composed of argon-filled double glazed units that absorb heat during the winter. In the summer, external blinds and seasonal shading provided by wisteria plants protects the interior from overheating. Metal mesh on the east and west windows serves as a sun and rain screen, while providing structure for the plants to take hold of. Skylights on the roof pull daylight into the upstairs bathrooms and grilles in the floor and ceiling encourage natural ventilation.
The owners of the home wanted to have a place for their family to grow as well as a way to bring more greenery to the Shoreditch cityscape. London’s seasons are clearly seen on the exterior of the house as the plants grow and change throughout the year.
Images ©Michael Tonkin and Richard Bryant