Designed specifically for renting, the project involved the complete reorganisation of an existing terraced mews house.
Garden House is a new addition to the network of spaces being produced by Noiascape across London. From one-off homes to mixed use buildings, Noiascpae is creating an infrastructure for urban renting – a new approach committed to creating alternate ways to live and work in cities.
Work on Garden House began in January 2017 and was completed in November 2017 with work undertaken by main contractors NMB Property Development alongside architects and Noiascape founders Teatum + Teatum. Teatum + Teatum produce innovate, contemporary architecture, focused on exploring the experimental qualities and social opportunity for space. Before starting work on the project, Teatum + Teatum conducted a survey to find out how millennials use their homes over the course of a day. They discovered that just 17% of the waking day was spent in their house and they were determined to find a way to make the home environment more suited to their clientele.
Designed specifically for renting, Garden House is organised to adapt to a number of users, from a couple to a group of sharers. The house acts as a landscape of surfaces and objects against which the renter’s life can be staged. The project involved the complete reorganisation of an existing terraced mews house with the addition of a new roof level and connected garden room.
The existing house provided no external space and Noiascpae wanted external space that could interact with the living spaces and connect with local views. This requirement informed the reversal of the traditional relationship between living and sleeping. Bedrooms are therefore located at ground level and living spaces are located at the first and second floor. A study space on the second floor provides a day lit room connected to a roof garden to make working from home a pleasure.
Flexible interconnected spaces flow horizontally and vertically allowing an interaction between each level. Living spaces are double aspect and double height, structured to overlap and interconnect, allowing a visual continuity across spaces.
Throughout, spaces are defined by vibrant material contrasts. These contrasts reinforce the influence of landscape and perception; foreground and background, above and below, light and dark and subconscious and unconscious. At bedroom level cast concrete walls contrast with dyed green joinery and living spaces contrast red pigmented concrete floors with birch joinery. Material textures are amplified by the location and a range of daylighting with a mix of top lighting and side lighting changing the visual quality of surfaces throughout the day – the architecture continually creates contrasts and juxtaposition between material, space and programme.
Joinery is employed as a spatial and sculptural object. Positioned to structure spaces and allow the house to be revealed as you move around – a cinematic approach that employs constant movement as a way to experience space. At each level, the range of joinery allows personal objects to be stored away or displayed depending on the user.
Noiascape continually seek collaborations with innovative makers for their developments. From metal workers to joiners to cast concrete makers, they create opportunities for makers to craft unique elements within the spaces they produce.
Noiascape include spaces of study and learning into their homes. At Garden House the study is reached via a white steel bridge. The bridge acts as a threshold between the spaces of sleeping, washing, cooking and dining into the world of reading, reflecting and thinking. The location of the study divides the house from the functional and conscious to those spaces that give opportunity to the private and sub-conscious.
Tenants at Garden House will have access to the shared spaces in the network of Noiascpae buildings, which is set to grow across London. These spaces include rooms to work; rooms to relax in and rooms that surprise.