Rather than heading to a cool Nordic capital, this week’s home tour comes from a little closer to home. We are in fact heading to Muswell Hill in North London to look around the recently refurbished ‘Low Energy House’.
This contemporary retake of a traditional Edwardian terrace is in fact the home of Director of Architecture for London, Ben Ridley. As a passionate Passivhaus practitioner, he has created a place that not only looks fantastic, but through improved insulation, triple-glazing and improved airtightness now functions to the highest energy-efficiency standards too.
Taking eighteen months to complete, the entire original structure was dramatically stripped back before being significantly enlarged, thanks to a rear extension and cosy loft conversion.
Now the four-bedroom home, celebrates and preserves both its architectural heritage as well as the latest in 21st century building technology, and aims to be an exemplar for sustainable refurbishment of a typical terraced home.
Internally Ben opted for a complementary palette of understated natural materials such as pale grey limestone, oak timber, and lime plaster which together, give Low Energy House a warm, relaxed, and intimate feeling.
Nordic design fans will see this approach has also been referenced in the Dinesen flooring and VOLA fixtures and fittings along with a number of stand-out furniture choices. From the group of CH26 dining chairs by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son sat around the dining table, through to a CH22 Lounge Chair neatly nestled in a bedroom bay window.
There is also a selection of more modern-day Scandinavian pieces too such as Thomas Bentzen’s DLM side table and a selection of Dot cushions from Hay, along with a striking String Light Cone pendant lamp from Flos, which is perfectly framed by the floor-to-ceiling window that looks out on to the lush fern filled garden beyond.
To find out more about Low Energy House, visit the Architecture for London website.
All images are by Lorenzo Zandri and Christian Brailey, and courtesy of Architecture for London.
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