Lift Up House

Lift Up House

  • Location: Hoxton Street, London
  • Client: Mr & Mrs G Rowland
  • Date: 2004 – 2006
  • Value: £220,000
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Lift-up house was identified by Stephen Bayley in the Independent as being one of the “50 great ideas for the 21st century” (The Independent on Sunday, 6th August 2006).

The project is a new 100sq.m two-bed apartment on the roof of an industrial building in Hoxton, London. The client has his offices in the building and wanted an apartment above.

We consider it a contemporary interpretation of the weavers’ lofts that are very evident in the area. On the street side it is set back behind a parapet and to the other side it cantilevers over a courtyard. It is a simple pavilion of classical proportions.

The design plays with light and transparency by using a skin of Reglit U-profile glass that is sometimes opaque with wall behind, sometimes translucent and sometimes punched for windows. A translucent glass screen over the sliding door can be closed at night for increasing privacy.

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