LACK OF HOUSING CAN BRING OUT AN ARCHITECT’S CREATIVE SIDE
There are many countries that suffer from a lack of housing. Some people would try solving this by adding more residential buildings to an already congested city. Though, the lack of housing doesn’t necessarily mean the absence of ideal residential areas. Rather, it can mean the presence of buildings whose original functions have long since been halted. This would lead to numerous abandoned structures that dot a city’s landscape.
Enter the Undercurrent Architects, an architect firm that decided to convert an old railway duct in London, the United Kingdom into a home of creative design. Dubbed ‘Archway Studios’, the structure’s curved walls help reflect the natural light coming from the skylight to light up a huge majority of the home. This makes the home ideal as a photography studio.
Utilizing out-of-service buildings and repurposing them into stylish homes. This is a solution that doesn’t really physically add more to a congested location. It simply repurposes an already existing area into one that’s really needed. If you’re someone who wishes to help with housing problems in your area, consider this solution.
Sheets of steel foil are used as an acoustic envelope to protect the interior from the sounds of the surrounding railway, improving interior comfort. An insulated air gap between the inner and outer membranes allows for the interior skin to work solely towards acoustic reduction. The live-workspace — serving as both a family residence and a photography studio — won the London Architecture Awards’ ‘House of the Year’ in 2013.
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