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Courtyard House, London E7

Playfulness and clarity

Credit: Tom Gildon

Dallas Pierce Quintero for private client

Contract value: £232,000.

GIA: 95m2

Small Project of the Year

Emerging Architect of the Year, commended

This ingenious two-storey timber-framed house cleverly exploits a small infill site. The first space is a modest yard with a utility/workshop area. A small study separates the yard from a garden articulated by a diagonal path to the main building.

  • Credit: Tom Gildon
  • Credit: Tom Gildon
  • Credit: Tom Gildon
  • Credit: Tom Gildon
  • Credit: Tom Gildon
  • Credit: Tom Gildon
  • Credit: Tom Gildon
  • Credit: Tom Gildon
  • Credit: Tom Gildon
  • Credit: Tom Gildon
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Two further spaces allow light to the open plan ground floor, part of which can act as dining area or second bedroom. Upstairs, the principal bedroom has a view over the rear gardens of adjoining houses. The simple materials combine with white rendered walls to give a playfulness and clarity to the design. Detailing of sills, windows and cement sheet cladding are executed elegantly and effortlessly.


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