SHH | North London Eco House
A new-build £1.1m house in North London for private clients, which seeks to go beyond the legal requirements for green and energy-saving technologies in new-build properties and to embody the best in stylish but eco-friendly contemporary housing solutions.
These included solar panels to heat water; a geo-thermal heat pump with boreholes, which uses the natural underground earth temperature both to heat and cool the house; a rainwater harvesting system, which reuses water for irrigation and WC flushing; improved building fabric U-values; energy-efficient lighting and a cedar terrace deck with sedum planting around the perimeter.
The brief for the scheme was to create the ideal family home for a couple (with two young children), who had always wanted to have a home built from scratch to answer their precise needs.
The interior was to be open and light with clean lines and lots of storage, so that the house could be clutter-free. Open spaces were to enhance the flow of family life, integrating all activities and family members together.
Large window and door openings along with a substantial lightwell at lower-ground level would bring as much daylight inside the house as possible.
Location: London, Uk
Architects: SHH | David Spence and Pawel Nawojczyk
Project Area: 3,000 sqft
Photographer: Francesca Yorke
International Design & Architecture Awards 2010 | Eco House category