Pocket House

Pocket House

Architect
Tikari Works
Location
London, UK
Project Year
2018
Category
Private Houses
Edmund Sumner

Pocket House

Tikari Works as Architects

A new family house on a London micro-site.

Built on the site of a double garage, the aim of the project was to deliver a family home uncompromised by the site's physical restrictions. Through extensive testing and detailing we turned the limitations of the site into opportunities for daylight, detail and craftsmanship. An upside-down plan was designed to place the living spaces at the top of the house to maximise light and views, whilst the more private rooms are located around a basement courtyard.

Working with a team of specialists, we undertook complex structural works to unlock the below ground potential. A new sunken courtyard is created and daylight is allowed to penetrate deep into the plan. Above ground a veil of fine timber wraps the living and dining volumes, offering privacy and solar shading.

Internal spaces are enriched by a tension between delicate joinery and the mass of the exposed brick and concrete structure. Hidden doors and carefully curated views give the spaces a generosity larger than their size would suggest. Everyday domestic activities are turned into opportunities for elegant design solutions.

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