Elfort Road House / Amos Goldreich Architecture

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London Borough of Islington, United Kingdom
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  175
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Rory Gardiner
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  RHEINZINK, ABA WIKTORCZYK, Acor, Amos Goldreich Architecture, Arpa Fenix , Blueprint Tile, Flos, Huppe, Orluna, Pink Apple, Roca, Tres, Wood and Beyond
  • Architect In Charge: Amos Goldreich
  • City: London Borough of Islington
  • Country: United Kingdom
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Elfort Road House  / Amos Goldreich Architecture - Windows, Table, Sink
© Rory Gardiner

Text description provided by the architects. This project, a Victorian terraced house in Islington, comprises of a side and roof extension, as well as extensive internal refurbishment. Featuring open-plan kitchen, dining and living areas on the ground and lower-ground floors, Elfort Road House has been transformed from dark and cluttered into light and spacious.

Proposed Plan
Elfort Road House  / Amos Goldreich Architecture - Table, Chair
© Rory Gardiner

Our clients, a young family of three, required a larger property with extensive space. The brief was to create a light, airy, family-friendly environment: an abode featuring sophisticated simplicity, clever uses of space, an open-plan feel for entertaining, contemporary touches, yet with a respect for the original period style and featuring high-quality, timeless design. 

Elfort Road House  / Amos Goldreich Architecture - Image 3 of 31
© Rory Gardiner

The spaces for eating, living and working are arranged over an open series of half-levels, exploiting volume and light. Removing the third bedroom at the first half-landing resulted in a study half the depth and a spacious double-height living room. This creates a visual connection between the dining room, kitchen, front living room and study.

Energy efficient features, including LED lighting and new plumbing with underfloor heating in the kitchen and dining area, also add aesthetic uniformity and reduce clutter. All windows were replaced with double-glazed, timber windows.

Elfort Road House  / Amos Goldreich Architecture - Sink, Windows, Bathroom, Bathtub
© Rory Gardiner

The selection of materials was kept to a minimum so that the house would feel 'streamlined' and not too busy. This restriction was echoed in the choice of colour palette to enhance the space in terms of size and fluidity. Oak flooring was laid throughout, except in the bathroom and WC where we used patterned porcelain tiles. 

Elfort Road House  / Amos Goldreich Architecture - Door, Stairs, Windows
© Rory Gardiner

Plywood is used for all the bespoke joinery as it is a common material which can be used in different and extraordinary ways. It is relatively cheap, stable, flexible and very strong. We exposed the edges of the ply to add warmth to the design, while covering the faces with a scratch and heat-resistant, anti-bacterial nanotech material called Fenix NTM that can be used in both dry and wet areas. Due to these properties, it was also used to cover all kitchen surfaces. 

Externally we used coated zinc on the side and roof extension as it blends well with the surrounding context, and for its physical properties. We chose a colour similar in tone to the neighbouring tiled roofs. Zinc has the ability to resist continued corrosion and its protective barrier provides longevity that protects a building's exterior for years to come. Zinc is also a very environmentally friendly metal for a number of reasons. It is 100 percent recyclable and can be reused.

Elfort Road House  / Amos Goldreich Architecture - Windows, Door, Brick, Facade
© Rory Gardiner

The Clients: “The result has been spectacular: A home we look forward to returning to every day that perfectly complements the needs of our growing family. Every time we open the front door we will be reminded of the care and attention to detail Amos Goldreich Architecture meticulously designed into every corner of our home.”

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Cite: "Elfort Road House / Amos Goldreich Architecture" 23 Jan 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/887353/elfort-road-house-amos-goldreich-architecture> ISSN 0719-8884

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