76A Newington Green by Amenity Space

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76 Newington Green by Amenity Space

London studio Amenity Space have squeezed this new residence between two terraced houses in Newington Green, London.

76 Newington Green by Amenity Space

The ground floor of the new four-storey house at 76A Newington Green Road features full-height glass doors leading from the kitchen to a small yard in front of the property.

76 Newington Green by Amenity Space

A red section of the upper facade references the buses that pass constantly and is covered in horizontal wooden batons.

76 Newington Green by Amenity Space

Here's some more information from the architects:


76A Newington Green Road is an infill building that will unite 2 period terraces on a narrow site in North London.

76 Newington Green by Amenity Space

The project is the result of a genuine social and sustainable approach by the client and design team.

76 Newington Green by Amenity Space

The site is being developed as a self build project by Fiona Sail, a long standing tenant of Stadium Housing Association.

76 Newington Green by Amenity Space

Fiona and her family had lived in the neighbouring property for 15 years but faced relocation, following a decision by the landlord to sell off a portion of their housing stock at the start of 2009.

76 Newington Green by Amenity Space

Fiona saw potential to develop a building on the 4.8m wide yard between the terraces, and appointed architects Amenity Space to design a building that would fit harmoniously on the site and be a highly sustainable development.

76 Newington Green by Amenity Space

The architects won planning permission in May 2009.

The design subtly references the proportions, materiality and texture of the neighbouring buildings and number 73 bus, whilst maximising the building footprint.

76 Newington Green by Amenity Space

During the planning process, it was former Urban Design Officer at Islington Council remarked it was ‘the best design for an infill development in the borough’.

76 Newington Green by Amenity Space

The Sail family will move into the new building once the project is completed in early 2010.

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  • http://www.georgehollander.com George

    It’s interesting, the architects claim to “unite” the two buildings, but what they accomplish, is creating a sign for their brand of architecture.
    If unity was their goal, it was missed. What they succeeded in was taking a thin structure and giving it some breath! I like the building. I like the strong linear feel in the upper part of the facade!!!

  • TheBoss

    Interesting idea but very bad place! It destroys the nice victorian style of the buildings! It should be demolished.

  • felix

    I like this, it’s sensitive to the surrounding buildings by copying the heights of windows, while being modern. Not so keen on the large area of grey render, but there’s no accounting for taste.

    Looking at the site on Google Maps, it seems they have a very fortunate site which is shielded from almost every angle by tall trees.

    Anyone wanting to look at the planning application can see it on the Islington Council website, it’s No. P090346. https://www.islington.gov.uk/onlineplanning/apas/run/wphappcriteria.display

    There are sections and additional drawings on there too. Maybe this link to the section will work https://www.islington.gov.uk/onlineplanning/docserver/applications/2009/03Mar/P090346/%28W06%29%20Plans%20-%20Existing%20and%20proposed%20-%203D%20View%20-%20Drawing%20No%20003-GA006%20%2009_03_2009%2018_17_31.pdf

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  • erik

    A beatiful house in a not so beatiful location, and the best thing is its functionality,

  • Grapes

    It looks like a council house

  • felix

    @ The Boss;

    The surrounding houses are not well preserved. A project like this can rejuvinate an area meaning that some buildings will be treated better rather than all of them slowly falling apart.

  • edward

    Interesting design that says screw the context. I would have least gone for a brick facade or some other method of toning down the disruptive nature of the massing and fenestration. Make SOME concession for god sake!

  • Filip

    A rendered facade seems to clash with the buildings around it, but seems like they were limited by the budget and there is only so much you can do with a finite amount of financial resources. You can’t be too critical of people who have a dream of owning a property, with very little money, and the constraints they place on designers… especially in an economic depression.

  • tanya telford – T

    interesting thing for me is the story behind the build, the family obviously like living in the area and street, circumstances meant they were under pressure to move but there was a space. Aesthetics aside, i think this shows an openmindedness among other things ( & leaves me wondering if this will in actual fact add value etc to the street),

  • LX

    yes. doing a job like this in this context is a plain hit in the face. everybody can do bullshit like this and it will always fit in. i agree with edward and the others. as an architect you have to take care for responsibility. and if you claim to have to build a “huge chinese tram station in the middle of paris” it is just wrong. no matter what the circumstances were… everybody can build an alien… but a fitting clever solution is what is necessary… at almost all places.

  • D

    What a beautiful contrast on a rather plain Victorian street. I think that they had done a fantastic job of transforming some dead space into a light, modern and exciting house!

  • Martin

    Ha! I live 5 mins away from here and unfortunately ride the 73 bus quite regularly. Was certainly interesting to watch the work progress, and quite enjoy staring into the fairly exposed kitchen from the bus! Wouldn’t be surprised if a tall bush appears in front of this window soon. I had assumed it would be a side extension to the property on the corner, so interesting to see it is a property in it’s own right. Architecturally speaking, the modern/victorian face off might have worked better if this was an extension. Then the purposely abrupt change of aesthetic might have blended a little more easily (with say a modern window that intersects the old property). The building wasn’t dark grey until a few weeks ago and makes the building much more imposing. Make your own mind up about whether this is a good or a bad thing.

  • http://graphicalspace.tumblr.com graphical space

    I actually find the Victorian or Edwardian streets extremely boring. I love the space of those old houses – you don’t usually get double height ceilings and big rooms in modern builds. But for god’s sake, stop complaining about everything new. I absolutely love this and would welcome more such architecture in “boring London”.

    We do live in the 21st Century and modern architecture is (or should be) much more energy efficient that the bog-standard Victorian/Edwardian houses (especially once the houses are ‘converted’ into flats).

    Perhaps all the conservative people should try to broaden their horizon a bit.

  • Santa

    I think this is wonderful. London is not scared of juxtaposing the old with the new, and makes the context all the more interesting for it. We don’t live in a museum, so embrace the new. Much better than some pastiche brick version of Victorian terraces that most cowardly planners would push for…

  • Pierced Brosnan

    Felix, do you work for Amenity Space?

    I quite like this although slightly lacks context and why the hell would you referance the No. 73 bus in your choice of materials.

    Would like to know if the angle at the back of the scheme accommodates rights of light for the neighbours

  • gabs

    @graphical space: The thing is that we are supposed to have trascended modernist architecture for half a century now. I think it is valid to build new architecture among the old, but to the extent that it iss innovative and valuable in it’s own right and it gives the old a renewed value. This is clearly not the case.

  • Andy

    How modern. <3

  • http://www.zazous.co.uk Zazous

    Thank God the Tudors and the Georgians and the Victorians didn't worry about making sure their modern architecture "fitted in". If we took that argument back to its logical conclusion we'd all still be living in caves. London stock bricks were the cheapest building material of their time but now we have moved on and shouldn't still be using them just because of the surrounding buildings. Well done to the architects for building something of its time.