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Vex, a curved, fluted concrete house in Stoke Newington, was a unique collaboration between Chance de Silver 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 texture of the curved, fluted concrete created by using boat-like formwork adds to the rawness of the exterior and celebrate the craftsmanship. The roof terrace is an oval wood-screened private space, sitting on a green roof and has space for a conservatory, a place for quiet contemplation.
A unique house created through cultural collaboration, which lovingly uses honest materials and with handcrafted elements throughout.
Vex won a RIBA Award 2018 and was shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year 2018.
Event duration 1 hour. Limited places, cost £35.50 with complimentary prosecco and nibbles. London N16, full address provided to bookers.