Summer Update

We have been working on garden music studios, former World War II surgical belt factories, conversions and extensions on buildings both old and new! We are excited having so many projects on the go in various stages. From concept, to planning and on site. See below for a snapshot of what's currently happening:

Godwin Road - completed

Parallel House - completed (phase 1)

Huddleston Road - on site

Hampton Road - on site

Tranmere Road - on site (nearing completion)

Gainsborough Road - planning granted

Ramsay Road - planning granted

Penderyn Way - in planning

Thornhill Road - concept design

Godwin Road - Musician’s garden studio

Godwin Road - Musician’s garden studio

December Update

As we are nearing the end of 2018 and heading into the new year, we thought it would be nice to write about what we have been up to recently:

Projects on site:

Parallel House, Chestnut Avenue and Tranmere Rd are all on site in various stages and progressing very well. We are excited to show you the final outcome soon!

Projects in planning:

Gainsborough Rd has been submitted to planning and includes a two-storey rear and side extension. A tricky process and plot but we feel we have submitted a strong application and had positive feedback at pre-planning stage. The decision is scheduled for January 2019.

Projects in the studio:

We have a few projects running in the studio right now, from 15 sqm to 200sqm! These include a garden music studio for a jazz pianist (Godwin Rd), designing clever storage solutions and flexible guest bedroom including bathroom refurbishments (Victoria Rd), a lovely rear extension with a feature picture window (Huddleston Rd), a rear and side extension and house refurbishment (Horace Rd) and a complete refurbishment and re-design of a beautiful Victorian double-fronted house once used as a garment factory in World War II (Hampton Rd).

AE17 Chit Chat: Building Culture

The AE17 (of which we are on the committee) invite you to the fourth Chit Chat, which will be held at Pillars Brewery on Thursday, 11th October 2018 at 19:30. Come along for some inspiring and thought provoking Pecha Kucha short-fire presentations and grab a beer whilst you’re at it.

Looking forward to Waltham Forest’s ‘Borough of Culture’ 2019, the evening will be entitled “Building Culture”.

Our exciting list of speakers will be:

Event location:

Pillars Brewery
Unit 2 Ravenswood Industrial Estate
E17 9HQ

Our Open House London 2018 Highlights

We absolutely love Open House and thought we’d recommend our personal highlights of this year’s programme:

Holloway Lightbox

Photography studio, screenwriter’s retreat and flexible family space. 1200 handmade tiles represent the digital age, creating a playful ‘pixelated’ façade. Construction took 4 weeks, assisted by students from the University of East London.

170 Albert Road, Leyton, E10 6PB

Turning Earth Ceramics

New ceramics centre for the Lee Valley, covering the entire top floor of an old hardware factory. Three rooms, providing just over 8000 sq ft of floor space; the main room is capped by its original saw-tooth glass roof feature.

11 Argall Avenue, E10 7QE

32A Lansdowne Drive

2-bedroom Certified Passivhaus, built in Cross laminated timber in a conservation area.

32A Lansdowne Drive, E8 3EG

Block House

A wrap around extension with internal atrium; a high opening rooflight and external glass block wall introduce light while maintaining privacy. The material palette is honest and open; a sliding door opens onto a patio with inbuilt seating.

43 Lavers Road, N16 0DU

Bruno Court / German Hospital

Modernist extension to Hackney's German Hospital, closed 1987 and converted into flats in 1999.

10 Fassett Square, E8 1BF

Garden House

Artist's studio/home/gallery in a land-locked site in Hackney. Features cantilevered steel stair and a bespoke terraced garden to the roof.

27 Buckingham Road, N1 4DG

2 Willow Road

Goldfinger's unique Modernist home, largely in original condition. Designed for flexibility, efficient use of space and good day-lighting. Complete with fittings and furniture designed by Goldfinger and an impressive modern art collection.

2 Willow Road, Hampstead, NW3 1TH

William Booth College

This monumental Grade II listed college with massive brick tower gives commanding views to the City and Docklands.

Champion Park, SE5 8BQ

All text & images are © Open House London + participants.

Food for all - Leytonstone Community Fridge is here

We are very proud and excited that the Leytonstone Community Fridge has been installed last weekend. You can find the colourful structure outside Cafe de Montmartre on 34 Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1HG.

Like the others, the fridge will act as a storage and distribution point for fresh food that would otherwise be wasted; coming mainly from local food businesses such as cafés, restaurants, bakeries and corner shops, as well as larger chains such as Sainsbury's. Anyone can use a community fridge facility: nobody is means tested. People can take what they need. The fridge is part of the national community fridge network by Hubbub.

We have been approach by Transition Leytonstone to design a structure that not only houses the fridge itself but also provides storage and space to allow for a smooth running of the community fridge. We successfully applied for planning permission so that the fridge can be put outside the cafe, meaning that people can easily access the fridge and take what they need. The design uses sustainable materials and finishes that are long-lasting; such as the cladding which is made of Accoya - which is modified timber in which a process called acetylation, a cutting-edge patented technology, enables it to resist rot, defy the elements and stay strong for decades. The fridge structure has been beautifully constructed by Thibault Lumpp.

To keep the fridge open every day for 3 hours (12pm-3pm), it will need to be restocked and cleaned regularly, so Transition Leytonstone are looking for approximately 20 volunteer helpers who will receive training in the fridge operating procedure: nobody would be expected to help for more than one session every fortnight. Recruitment chats will be hosted regularly at the Café de Montmartre, so if you're interested in learning more, please email Diana Korchien on


Open House London 2018

The Science Lab will be opening its doors again for this years Open House London 2018! You will be able to visit all areas of the house including the spectacular roof garden. Last year's tours were fully booked out and we had to release more tickets. We will be running things slightly different this year and will only be open on one day but have larger groups. More information coming soon. Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know when (free) tickets will be available.

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