THE TREE

MAG

Tree House by Fletcher Crane Architects

ARCHITECT:

Fletcher Crane Architects

PHOTO:
 
Lorenzo Zandri
 

YEAR:

2021

LOCATION:

London, U.K.
 
LINKS:
 
Fletcher Crane Architects, @fletchercranearchitects,  Lorenzo Zandri,  @lorenzozandri
 

In Ealing, this two bedroom home is stitched assertively into the street scenography. The former garage site bounded by rear gardens created a series of constraints yet consequently generated an articulated series of volumes when read with the whole street. Using primarily three exterior materials: grey brick, black timber and tubular metalwork, the palette is simple where the rough facing brick and flush lime mortar joints contrasts the sharper and darker detailing. The simplicity and rawness of finishing is carried through to the internal spaces where brick walls, ash joinery, terrazzo tiles and delicate metal balustrades contribute to a comprehensive vision. 

Upon entering the home along the secluded western boundary, the entrance lobby leads to a rich split level arrangement of rooms in a vertical spine of circulation. Living spaces flow from the front to the rear of the site with the kitchen and living room on the upper most storeys making the most of natural daylight. Two bedrooms and associated bathrooms are submerged within the semi sunken floors. A sunken planted courtyard is accessed via stepped brick planters and a paddle stair constructed of black cobble setts. 

Text provided by the architect

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