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39 Parkholme Road (Commended)

Judge's Comments 

This home is just one in a row of handsome terrace houses; so nothing prepares you for the modern, minimalist look when you enter. The owner-architect has achieved a stark but spacious beauty that reveals the potential of the traditional terrace when imaginative design is applied. The judges were impressed by the way the architect seized the opportunity of stripping it back to its bare bones to introduce state-of-the art green technologies. These create a building that, despite its age, go well beyond BREEAM Excellent standards - and sets a standard of what's possible through a conscientious renovation.

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Scheme details

Address: 39 Parkholme Road, London E8 3AG
Architect: Macdonald Wright Architects
Client: James Wright and Tamara Tracz
Contractor: Ecobuild

About the project

39 Parkholme Road, a Victorian terraced house, is situated within the Graham Road and Mapledene Conservation Area. It has been restored and remodelled to create a well-designed, simply expressed and flexible home for the changing needs of a growing family.  

The brief was to create a dwelling with a high level of both design and sustainability. A palette of natural materials including copper, limestone and Douglas fir was chosen to reinforce the crafted aesthetic. Insulation, passive solar heating and grey water recycling help achieve a level of sustainability comparable to that of a new build home under 2010 Building Regulations.

The rear of the house was redesigned to incorporate a terrace, kitchen and dining space connecting the garden to the existing house. The simple box form of the extension clearly defines the new addition from the original building.

The project is a demonstration of the viability of combining sustainability with good design.

For more information about the architect and scheme visit the architect's website

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Page updated: 29 Nov 2010 


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