Fantastic news – our work has been showcased in the RIBA House of the Year 2023 winning project! We are incredibly proud to have played our part. Designed by our client Hayhurst & Co, this amazing new build is an open-plan radical rethinking of a typical terraced dwelling, replacing an existing property down an alleyway, on a confined urban plot in Tottenham.
Before its transformation, the plot was unremarkable, with a badly built house from the 1980s on the site. Originally the architects looked at converting or extending the house, in an attempt to lower the amount of embodied carbon involved in the project, but that notion proved unworkable given its overall condition. The idea for Green House, inspired by the glasshouses that once populated this area, was hatched.
The result is a house that not only used as little energy as possible to build, but continues to use as little as possible to run – something that particularly impressed the RIBA judges. All but off-grid in the summer, it’s been fitted with photovoltaic panels on the roof, which power both an air-source heat pump and a battery for gloomier days. Passive measures, such as windows in the glass roof, cool the building when necessary. Greenery planted close to the house filters the air, making it feel less like a separate entity than part of the decoration.
Surrey Steels were commissioned by Hayhurst & Co to design and fabricate the staircase that has given the home’s atrium its wonderful statement feature.