32A Lansdowne Drive
Tectonics architects -Bernard Tulkens
- Original design
- Tectonics architects -Bernard Tulkens, 2015
The 2018 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2019 programme mid-August.
This 2-storey house consists of an in-situ reinforced concrete lower level, half sunken from street level, and a prefabricated upper level structure in Cross Laminated Timber.
The main construction components have been left exposed internally, from structural concrete or timber panels to conduits and ducts, providing a simple palette of materials and a very direct sense of the construction.
The infill urban site does not benefit from direct sun from the South as it is adjacent to a 4-storey Victorian terrace, but the design uses additional insulation and the good exposure to the West to meet the certified Passivhaus energy and comfort standards.
Passive House is a very low energy and comfort standard for construction developed in Germany by the Passivhaus Institute, using high insulation, low air leakage and ventilation control. This results in the house not requiring central heating. Photovoltaic panels will be installed on the roof to reduce the cost of electricity consumption.
‘Tectonics’ comes from ‘Tecton’ meaning carpenter in ancient Greek. It refers to both the materiality of construction and to land formation, the plates of the earth.
Our motivation is the improvement of life for the user by the creation of inspiring space. We are interested in light, clarity of form and space and the materiality of construction in the making of architecture.
Tectonics also takes inspiration from the context of each project, most often the city fabric, and the relationship between the buildings and the city spaces: the work is not only about architecture, but also landscape and cityscape. We like to work with other trades and aim at involving a more diverse range of people and expertise in technology, environmental and materials into the making of buildings.
Sustainability is key in the design of all Tectonics Architects projects: good use of natural light, ventilation and solar gain, low energy consumption and considered sourcing of good quality materials.
Passivhaus Designer – Accredited Passivhaus Design – Peter Ranken
Structural Engineer – Michael Hadi Associates
Cross Laminated Timber – Eurban
Raft Insulation – IsoQUICK
Airtightness and wood fibre insulation contractor – Clioma House Ltd
Zinc – Peters Roofing
Passivhaus Trust Award 2016
Hackney Design Awards 2016
Shortlisted for AJ Architecture Awards 2017