A small, awkward triangular site in the Islington area of London was recently transformed into a fabulous green infill townhouse. The new addition unites two different period buildings with a modern sensibility that makes amazing use of space. Designed by Amenity Space, the four-story home is decked out with sustainable strategies and was built for a modest £220,000, making it the only affordable home in the area.
The family who commissioned the home was being forced out of a nearby home by their landlord and they saw an interesting opportunity in an awkward 4.8m wide yard space between two different buildings. They asked Amenity Space to design a 2 bedroom home for the location and won approval in May of 2009. During the planning process, the former Urban Design Officer at Islington Council said the affordable housing project was “the best design for an infill development in the borough.”
Not just an exceptional lesson in urban infill, 76 Newington Green Road is also a great example of affordable green architecture. Costing only £220,000, the home packs in a lot of green amenities, like solar passive design, a living sedum roof, recycled materials, an air-source heat pump, sheep’s wool insulation and Insulslab concrete slabs. Reclaimed oak was laminated and cut into slats to create the wooden facade on the third and fourth floors.