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Our 'Evening With..' series gives exclusive opportunities to tour award-winning and unique London homes with the architect and/or owner. Ticket purchases of these special one-off tours are in support of Open-City's education work.
This evening event will give an opportunity to tour Clonbrock Road by Lipton Plant Architects with architect/owner Edward Lipton.
Located in Stoke Newington, Hackney, the house is a 1957 semi-detached house on a wedge-shaped plot on a street of Victorian terraces. The brief was to create more space for practice director Edward Lipton and his family.
The team designed an angled two storey brick extension providing additional space and a new architectural identity. The new extension is formed in two planes, the ground floor runs parallel with the shape of the street in front, the first floor runs parallel with the neighbouring Victorian property terraces.
The result is a two meter cantilever which hovers over the front door and forms protection from the elements as soon as you step foot on the property. Brick has played a key role in defining the aesthetic of the building, the gently weathered white stock brick sits perfectly with the yellow stock providing a nod to its historic neighbour.
As you enter the house through the large glass sliding front door, the diagonal floor immediately orientates you in the hall towards the full height doors to the sun lounge. Pulling the leather pulls to the rear space, you are met with a full width expanse of glass in thin yellow frames.
Internally, the house is clean lined and light in colour. The original floors have been reused and sanded and then received a white and clear oil. The skirting’s and architraves removed and replaced with a flush silicone bead. The bespoke kitchen in light pink with light work top, the sink drainer uniquely set in, all of which hovers above the ground giving the sense of space. The tall unit cleverly designed to incorporate the white goods and oven concealed allowing the kitchen to be closed off. Heading up the house past the four bedrooms and generous hall, one arrives at the ‘birds nest’ an over sized landing perched over the street overlooking a sliver birch to the front. Above a flat roof with black zinc ‘box’ forming the enclosure to the ‘birds nest’ below.
Each tour duration 1 hour. Limited places, cost £35.50 with complimentary prosecco and nibbles. In Stoke Newington N16, exact address provided to bookers.