Collage House is the transformation of a 19th Century steel fabricator’s workshop in North London into a family home.
The practice was founded on a belief and specialism in the adaptation of existing and historic structures. Displaying a sustainable approach to design, Collage House remains a strong example of our work in adapting and reimagining in this case an existing industrial building into a home, giving use and vitality back to an unused and dilapidated structure.
From the street a protruding box entrance gives no clue as to what lies beyond the narrow street frontage. But as you move through the house it unravels bit by bit to reveal a surprising variety of spaces arranged around a courtyard garden which was created by demolishing one of the original buildings on the site.
We used simple and everyday materials in order to rejuvenate the character of the building. We enjoyed discovering what was necessary to ‘domesticate’ an existing industrial building while keeping enough of what is original to ‘ground’ the new home in its context.