'A solid piece of joinery inserted into an existing building’ is also an accessible home
RIBA London Regional Award winner 2021
Coffey Architects for private client
Contract value: £180,000
Cost per m2: £1,895
Once a school, this 1892 building in a conservation area was converted to residential and commercial use in 2000. It has now been refurbished as an accessible home, a ‘solid piece of joinery inserted into an existing building’, carved out of 30,000 oak blocks. The floor plan maximises the double-height space. Non-original features were stripped, exposing the envelope, and original green-glazed bricks were revealed and retained. Other Victorian characteristics celebrated include the 3m tall sash windows in the living space.