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Erbar Mattes renovates London’s old house by using soft tones of brick and wood materials

United Kingdom Architecture News - Oct 19, 2016 - 15:57   14291 views

Erbar Mattes renovates London’s old house by using soft tones of brick and wood materials

Harvey Road, a private residence in Crouch End, London, was renovated by Erbar Mattes by using soft tones of brick and wood materials. Located on a quiet residential street in Crouch End, the house is the home of a family with two children. 

The former ground floor layout was biased towards the front of the house, resulting in undefined open spaces, mainly oriented towards the street and a neighbouring infill extension. The re-structured and enlarged floor plan inverts this situation by refocusing the attention towards the garden. The deep plan was maximised by creating two complimentary living spaces - an active rear ‘garden room’ and a calm, enclosed drawing room - whilst providing ancillary functions in the darker central area of the plan.

Erbar Mattes renovates London’s old house by using soft tones of brick and wood materials
The new ‘garden room’ houses the kitchen, dining and play area, with a deep upholstered bench along a folding oak framed window. The space is tectonically defined by the new oak-clad structural elements which bear the load of the floor above. These structural elements blend with the built-in oak furniture to define a simple and ordered space.

Erbar Mattes renovates London’s old house by using soft tones of brick and wood materials

Erbar Mattes renovates London’s old house by using soft tones of brick and wood materials

Erbar Mattes renovates London’s old house by using soft tones of brick and wood materials

Erbar Mattes renovates London’s old house by using soft tones of brick and wood materials

Erbar Mattes renovates London’s old house by using soft tones of brick and wood materials

Erbar Mattes renovates London’s old house by using soft tones of brick and wood materials

Erbar Mattes renovates London’s old house by using soft tones of brick and wood materials

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