Kelross Road N5
This small house sits on a quiet road in Highbury, close to a large modern Roman Catholic Church and primary school, in the backlands of some rather grand Victorian Houses. The house is 58m2, the minimum area required for a 1 bedroom dwelling house. Arranged over 2 floors, the house is formed of what appear to be 3 timber huts. In fact, the ground floor and lower ground floor are almost completely open plan. A large mature tree sits in the north west corner, and the upper level plan is staggered in relation to the presence of the trunk, and the roots beneath the garden. At the lower level, the presence of the tree roots are registered by a long curved retaining wall in the bedroom. Long, west-facing roof lights will ensure that whilst the street facade is largely mute and closed, the interior will be washed with daylight and sunlight. Clad in oak, with zinc roofs, the facades are designed to weather like garden fences, creating a discrete and subtle presence on the street, the ghosts of garden sheds and fishing huts.