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Double Concrete House by Inter Urban Studios

Double Concrete House is the outstanding extension and renovation project by Inter Urban Studios of a semi-detached Arts and Crafts-style London home ‘between the Commons’. The house, located in Nightingale Lane, London, has been shortlisted as one of the 24 best projects presented to the Don’t Move, Improve! 2017 Competition. Will this be the winner of the seventh edition of this New London Architecture competition, to be announced on 26th January?

01 Completed Rear Extension 47 Nightingale Lane

02 Completed Rear Extension and Window Box 47 Nightingale Lane

03 Completed Side Elevation Rear Extension 47 Nightingale Lane

04 Completed Window Box 47 Nightingale Lane

The un-modernised property in Clapham was purchased by a young couple with the idea of creating a modern family home in a conservation area. Keen on both the original features of the house and the textural quality of board-formed concrete, and with a budget of £200,000, Inter Urban Studios envisioned a folding plane of concrete that wrapped up, down, and over to sculpt a new kitchen and living area, redefining the spaces with concrete textures, replacing a dark, cellular ground floor with a concrete and glass-finished garden extension.

05 Completed Dining Room-Window Box 47 Nightingale Lane

07 Completed Living-Kitchen 47 Nightingale Lane

As the architects explain, this concept actually draws upon the traditions of Arts and Crafts to create a modern, hand-crafted extension that refers to its host structure through the construction process whilst presenting an unapologetic of-its-time design. The materials have been carefully chosen to give the house a unique character: concrete and glass bends with Cheville-engineered smoked oak flooring and Farrow & Ball painted walls throughout the property.

09 Completed Kitchen-Breakfast Area 47 Nightingale Lane

10 Completed Family Room 47 Nightingale Lane

This project has definitely given the family a beautiful, cosy and much-improved home – certainly worthy of winning the award. Stay tuned with SEEN, the overall winner will be announced on 26th January.

Inter Urban Studios
101, Netil House
1 Westgate St
E8 3RL


Photography Rosangela

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