This narrow house, home of architect Mike Russum, looks like a ship wedged in-between traditional brick townhouses in north London. The architect maximized the potential of the 22-foot wide plot by inverting the conventional layout used in tiny spaces and combining prefab building methods with site-built construction. The house, named Wood Lane, has been long-listed for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) House of the Year award.

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Russum and his partner decided to build their home after they inherited some money in 2006. It took nearly a decade to get over various hold-ups to complete the building. Located on an extremely narrow plot–only 22 feet wide– the project required a creative organizational approach.

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The architects extended the upper floors out towards the pavement. The structure was constructed off-site and placed them on top of the lower section, which was built from bricks infilled with concrete and supported by steel beams. The double-height living space on the upper floors contains an open plan space with combined kitchen, dining and living space with an elevated crystalline conservatory on the south side and an external terrace above the entrance.

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The elements for the living space are made by cold formed timber and resin boat building technology which ensures quality and space efficient construction. The upper ground floor houses the study that opens to a full-width terrace overlooking the garden. Two en-suite bedrooms occupy the lower ground floor. All the furniture is custom-designed by Birds Portchmouth Russum, working together with the architect’s wife, interior designers, and artist Sally Cox. The nautical look of the building makes it stand out from the surrounding architecture and stop passersby in their tracks. The residence also featured on the Channel 4 series Grand Designs: House of the Year.

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Via The Telegraph

Wood Lane house, narrow house, London, Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects, prefab, RIBA, Grand Designs, small spaces, concrete, brick buildings, terrace

Wood Lane house, narrow house, London, Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects, prefab, RIBA, Grand Designs, small spaces, concrete, brick buildings, terrace

Wood Lane house, narrow house, London, Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects, prefab, RIBA, Grand Designs, small spaces, concrete, brick buildings, terrace

Wood Lane house, narrow house, London, Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects, prefab, RIBA, Grand Designs, small spaces, concrete, brick buildings, terrace