Private House

Private House

This project was inspired by the spirit of the Californian Case Study houses and the simplicity of Japanese domestic architecture.

Private House by Marcus Lee
Private House by Marcus Lee
Private House by Marcus Lee

This project was inspired by the spirit of the Californian Case Study houses and the simplicity of Japanese domestic architecture.

The architect, Marcus Lee of FLACQ, had always had an interest in timberframed structures applied to small scale residential developments combined with an environmentally responsible approach to building. Some years ago Lee, with his partner, who works for Arup Associates, built a timber-framed house for his family in Highbury.

This new house occupies a back garden plot in Hackney and was built with Lee acting as his own project manager.

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On Tiree, as on other Hebridean islands, the traditional dwelling is the ‘black house’, a small, usually single storey dwelling of white painted rubble walls with a steeply pitched roof of thatch, slate or tarred bitumen.

This small but carefully crafted building uses simple timber construction techniques to create an inventive lab space dedicated to teaching science to young children. Described by project architect Anthony Boulanger as “a learning environment that aims to foster enquiring minds, curiosity and wonder in the world”, the lab sits in a corner of the playground of Eleanor Palmer Primary School in Kentish Town, where it accommodates classes and after school clubs for pupils, and is shared with other schools and the local community.