Cross-Laminated Timber graced a six-storey gabled block in north London

Photography by Tim Soar

Up in north London, a six-storey gabled block’s structure, designed by London-based Amin Taha Architects, was built using cross laminated timber.

Slot between a pair of detached brick buildings in Barretts Grove, Stoke Newington, the structure of the CLT was enveloped by the facade of perforated brickwork with wicker balconies projecting out. 

Photography by Tim Soar

“If the overall building form is intended to help complete the parade, it and its detailing is also architectonically driven by a choice of superstructure suited to residential use then developed to a smaller domestic and tactile scale,” said the architects.

“The double-stacked and open-bond of brickwork states the envelope is not load bearing, but a screen enveloping the whole building including the roof,” they added.

On the outside, the exterior are punctured with bronzed-frame windows while CLT panels graced the interior along with varnished and joined timber seats, shelving units, doors and stairs.

Photography by Tim Soar

Photography by Tim Soar

“The ability of the CLT to serve as structure and finish removed the need for plaster-boarded walls, suspended ceilings, cornices, skirtings, tiling and paint; reducing by 15 per cent the embodied carbon of the building, its construction cost and time on site,” explained the architects.

“Timber also has inherently more robust and is perhaps a better and warmer domestic aesthetic,” they added.

 

Source: Dezeen