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0542 - East London House


The project has included the full refurbishment of the existing Grade II* listed four storey double-fronted Georgian town house, with the removal of internal floors and walls to create more open fluid living spaces. The existing half basement and garden walls were underpinned to create new accommodation at the lower levels and extensive terraced gardens to the rear. A two storey library and kitchen extension has also been added to the rear of the property.

The extension is formed from slender steel sections at ground floor. Glulam timber portal frames were used to form the roof and library shelving.
These glulam elements work in combination with the steel frame to provide lateral stability to the upper storeys as well as reducing the effective length of the cantilevering library balcony floors, therefore allowing for a super-slim structural depth.

A new steel staircase structure extends down from the library to the dining room and open plan kitchen. The staircase has been fabricated form welded box section stringers which follow the stepped profile of the stairs to reduce structural depth.

Awards: Winner of The Wood Awards, 2012 and shortlisted for the RIBA London Award. 

Client: PrivateArchitect: David Mikhail Architects

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Tom Steel