mapledene road by Platform 5

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architecture / vintage modern


[all images courtesy Platform 5 ]

the winner of 2009 Don’t Move, Improve! competition: Mapledene Road, is the perfect example of the old-meets-new (or new-meets-old…).love the minimal and rich in details design approach that adds personality to the existing property.

project description from the architects:

” Mapledene Road is situated in a conservation area in Hackney. The property had been stripped of virtually all its period features and had become run down and used as a “crack den” leaving it ripe for modernization.

Refurbishment was conceived of as a landscape of interventions and new components. The cellular ground floor was opened up and extended to the rear to allow the spaces to flow into each other and to the garden whilst the existing layout to the first floor was largely retained. Each room maintains an individual character giving a varied experience as you move through the house.”



[all images courtesy Platform 5 ]

“…. the kitchen and patio areas are unified by a power-floated concrete floor and London stock brick garden wall giving the internal space an external character. The existing flank wall has been removed and the kitchen is applied as a lining to the rough brickwork. A modern structural glass oriel window lined with cherry wood projects into the garden and juxtaposes with the Victorian bay that projects into the street. The expansive glass roof over the kitchen opens up the view to the sky, you can watch the planes fly over and the swifts catching flies.

Daylight is brought in from above to illuminate previously dark spaces, the walls, floors, roof, glazing and appliances have been upgraded to modern standards for insulation and efficiency. Overheating and glare in the kitchen is managed by shading from the surrounding buildings and trees, high thermal mass and the use of solar-control glass and blinds.

Mapledene Road has also been shortlisted for an RIBA Award, Grand Designs Award and Architect’s Journal Small Projects Award 2009. ”


kitchen/dinning area with natural sky light… simple and stunning. and yes, i am still very obsessed about concrete flooring and the exposed brick wall.




[all images courtesy Platform 5 ]

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