Work in progress: The Gouse by Marta Nowicka

The Gouse is a new residential project by interior architect Marta Nowicka. The development, which is currently under construction, will be a three-bedroom new build house (103 m²) in Dalston, East London, due to complete in autumn 2017.

The 45 m² site, where the house is being built, currently consists of a dilapidated garage/lock up to the rear of the garden of St Philips Road with the existing large garage doors fronting onto Forest Road, creating a large gap in the Victorian stock brick wall.

The exterior design has preserved the balance of the street elevation by recreating a garage frontage to match the adjacent property and reinstating the original London yellow stock brick wall, thus enhancing the look of the existing streetscape.

Design

The Gouse is designed over three floors:

  • the basement housing the family room, kitchen and dining room
  •  the ground floor where two bedrooms, a bathroom and terrace will be located
  • the first floor for inside-outside living room, the third bedroom and a study

The plans also includes a small walled garden/ terrace and an ‘indoor-outdoor’ living space at the rear of the property to take advantage of views into the tree that stands adjacent to the site, creating a strong visual connection with nature despite being in the city.

Focus

The main focus was to conserve the “end of garden character” yet improve the appearance of the street scene: the exterior design has preserved the balance of the street elevation by recreating a garage frontage to match the adjacent property and reinstating the original London yellow stock brick wall.

The modern design elements will be kept separate from the original features by stepping back the new build. This seeks to honour and enhance the original street appearance rather than compete or conflict with it.