Architecture increasingly needs to respond to pressing social concerns including an ageing population, the mounting costs of care for both children and the elderly, and the demand for low-energy, sustainable homes designed to embrace well-being. Our client the pioneering, award-winning practice Sarah Wigglesworth Architects (SWA) has addressed all these issues with an environmentally conscious, multi-generational home recently completed in North West London.
The three-bedroom, single-storey family home was constructed in line with Passivhaus principles on an infill site in Kensal Green that was a dairy farm until a century ago. An original greenhouse has been transformed into a light-filled lobby leading into a new L-shaped structure centred around an open-plan kitchen/dining/living space that looks out onto a central garden.
SWA worked closely with sustainability engineer Etude to build an insulated, air-tight construction formed by prefabricated timber cassettes fitted with an energy-saving air source heat pump and an MVHR system for controlled ventilation to limit virus exposure.
Feature window seats framed in corrugated metal and an edible garden planted with fruit trees and perennial vegetables reference the site’s agricultural origins. Engineered, brushed oak in the bedrooms, external cedar cladding that silvers with age, floors of poured terrazzo and natural resin made from plants and a palette of muted grey, green and yolk yellow create a nurturing, restful home for three generations of one family.