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A tight, green squeeze in North London
76A Newington Green Road, a residential urban infill project designed by Amenity Space, packs style and sustainability into a dauntingly cramped space.
Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 11:14 AM
While I’m not entirely sure if the occupants in the townhouses that neighbor North London’s 76A Newington Green Road
are all too pleased about this ingenious green infill project — excuse me while I try to squeeze a stunning modern townhouse into an impossibly narrow space between your two homes —
I’m quite enamored with it.
After being ousted from her longtime home when the landlord decided to sell, client Fiona Sail enlisted Amenity Space
to design a home for her family that would fit snugly into a sliver of yard space in between two existing terrace homes that measured just 4.8m (less than 16 feet) wide. Impossible you say? After winning planning permission in May 2009, Amenity Space completed the project exactly a year later and appear to have done beautiful work.
Despite the restricted space, Amenity Space packed numerous green features into the 2-bedroom home including a sedum roof, sheep’s wool insulation, an air-source heat pump, and recycled building materials such as the reclaimed oak slats that form a nifty façade covering the third and fourth floors. 76A Newington Green Road also boasts passive solar design features which I’m guessing wasn’t easy given the minimal amount of available space for windows. Still, the interior of the home appears to be light-drenched and airy. The home cost $220,000 to build making it not only sustainable but on the affordable side as well. Amenity Space elaborates
The project fulfills a vital role often overlooked by developers and house builders in that it is a holistic insertion into the urban fabric and creates additional environmentally sensitive housing. The sustainable aspects of the projects are inherent in both the building fabric and construction methods. However, its green credentials are extended, in that it will provide an affordable home within the local community.
What do you think of 76A Newington Green Road and urban infill projects in general? Would you live in a revitalizing, sprawl-preventing home that makes use out of a derelict urban lot even if the space erred on the "limited" side?
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