A new curving fluted concrete house with sound/music by 'Scanner'.
Chance de Silva,
Vex is a curved, fluted concrete house in Stoke Newington designed by Chance de Silva. It's also an unusual collaboration between the architects and musician/composer Scanner. Music and architecture both take as their starting point Erik Satie's 'Vexations' – a looping, repetitive piano work that lasts around 18 hours in continuous performance.
The site is tight, hemmed in by gardens, and with an important view towards a landmark church. As a freestanding building, and influenced by the Satie piece, its looping, sculptural form is set among larger buildings and trees. The overlapping of different floor planes admits sky light and manages privacy/views.
The material for the project is fluted concrete, cast in-situ against corrugated steel sheeting, which contains GGBS (ground granulated blast furnace slag) a more sustainable mix.
The building is a three-storey studio-house with top floor living spaces and a roof terrace accessed via a glazed roof pavilion.