The Makers House, Victoria Park
Shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA House of the Year and winning a RIBA London Award Sunday Times homes commendation Manser Medal Shortlisting and NLA nomination the handmade Makers House is a new build detached family home in East London.The house’s asymmetric form is an elegant solution – it emerged from scrupulous computer analysis of the site’s constraints (proximity to listed buildings; neighbours’ rights to light) it deftly captures key moments of available sunlight while forming apparently regular interior spaces.The architects’ pursuit of craftsmanship and tactility is reflected in the House’s rich palette and varied processes of fabrication. The exterior combines roman brickwork with inky pigmented zinc roofing and bleached larch carpentry. Internally the structural steel- and timber-work is exposed and is married to a restrained palette of reclaimed and re-purposed industrial materials.At ground floor a multi-level ‘broken plan’ combines the raised sitting room lofty kitchen and intense basement snug and larder. Each room maintains a discreet atmosphere programme despite forming a highly connected living terrain. A ground source heat pump is the main source of energy for the house.Increasingly lightweight materials are deployed in the upper sleeping levels which are unified by a rhodesian mahogany floor reclaimed from Hove Bus Station. The attic is conceived as a north-lit studio while calm bedroom suites are arranged on the first floor. To the rear an expansive suite combines spaces for sleeping bathing dressing and contemplation. A panelled wall slides on cast iron to one side to define or amalgamate the bedroom and bathroom spaces. Expansive bright circulations are designed to display art and family objects or for occupants to enjoy moments of pause.