From the people who brought you the Leaf House, the Palmwood House is a solution for a tiny, triangular lot that creatively squeezes every last inch out of the lilliputian patch of land. Located in London's riverside district of Battersea, the house fills in a problematic urban site, without looking or feeling like a run-of-the-mill infill structure. Designed by Undercurrent Architects, the petite abode boasts lovely views and a breezy rooftop garden, and features reused materials and optimized energy efficiency that achieve a large living experience despite its restricted volume.
The building site is located on a triangular plot at the oblique intersection of two streets and was severely limited by height restrictions, acute boundaries, failed development plans and conservation controls. Instead of giving up on the awkward piece of property, Undercurrent looked for opportunities in the constraints and took advantage of every last square inch of floor space. Despite its size, the ground level floor plan was able to be split into three areas: an open living/kitchen/dining room, a bedroom and a walled courtyard. On the second level, another bedroom and a roof terrace overlook the courtyard.
Natural lighting brought in through strategically placed skylights opens the small spaces up and large windows bring the greenery of the outdoor areas inside. The architects also took care to design a distinctive home that would stand out amongst its neighbors despite its size. The building’s ecological footprint also reflects its diminutive stature with its sustainable elements which include brownfield regeneration, low energy, reused materials and advanced building systems.
Photographs by David Butler