A bright living space which called The Painted House is completed designed by the collaboration architect Jonathan Woolf architects with Bharat Patel. This living space is based in London, England and it is covers an area for about 7,500 square meters.
To create a 7,500 square meters living space for an extended family of eleven people, two typical 1940’s semis in a north London suburb have been reconstructed. Although largely on an ad hoc basis and seldom from an architectural standpoint, the combining dwellings in this fashion is commonplace in some communities in the UK. The two brothers is shared the living space, it is their young families and their grandparents. The architect, Jonathan, has been interested for some time in the way which UK construction methods rely on the materials which are becoming thinner and thinner whilst at the same time striving to retain their surface material qualities. While at the same time, they have been studying paint as a material in and of itself. This is not a new phenomenon. To define a range of the atmospheres which united several different materials within an ‘over-all’ (or ‘all over’) finish, the Georgians used paint meticulously. For these pre-occupations, the 1940’s semi is the perfect foil.
In this living space almost all of the interior surface such as walls, ceiling, floors and joinery are either painted or laminated to match paint. This entire are lends the conventional shaped volumes an abstract character. In this architecture design, the exterior of the old building has been over-clad with the insulation, the rear and side finished with a layer of the render, and the house facade is faced with the brick slips, presenting a clearly defined face towards the street, a look which is emphasized by the original window openings which are retained to maintain the ordinary everyday feel of the traditional suburban semi. Along the sides and to the rear of the building, however, the openings become more expansive.
The new living space architecture design works within the footprint of the existing properties, both of which had been extended previously on one level at the rear and sides of the plot. To achieve generous proportioned social spaces on the ground floor, a steel frame has been inserted at the ground level which are of a scale in keeping with the size of the size of this extended family unit, and it is include the recreation and the study spaces for the children, a large kitchen, eating and living area with a large sliding windows opening onto the rear garden. In a position which reflects their place at the hearts of the family unit, the ground floor also houses the accommodation for the grandparents.
Architect: Jonathan Woolf architects with Bharat Patel
Location: London, England
Project Team: Jonathan Woolf, Bharat Patel, Ben Wright, Carlos Sanchez, Ben Wright, Tomoaki Saito, Verena Hoch, Mattia Donati
Structural Engineer: SVM Consulting Engineers
Building Contractor and Project Management: Heights (UK) Investments Ltd
Project Area: 7,500 sqf
Photographs: David Grandorge, Helene Binet