008, Small House

Part new build, part refurbishment of a Grade II Listed flower shop in north London, the Small House is a pre-fabricated prototype for compact living. With only 14 m² across various levels, the house is small, yet surprisingly spacious.

Given the compact nature of the space, a rich, tactile materiality was essential. Marble, cherry wood, leather and felt surfaces define different areas of the house.

Three levels differentiate kitchen, living and bedroom. Much like in a boat, built-in furniture can be re-assembled to perform several functions, turning this tiny space into a habitable, fully functional house.

The original facade has been restored, while the rear has been demolished and excavated to allow for the new building to fit neatly in the 12 m² infill space between two end of terrace houses. The house was transported to site, craned into position and installed over the course of one day.

  • Location: London
  • Completion: 2014
  • For: Private
  • Size: 14.1 m²
  • Collaborators: Schipper Bosch BV, Timmerwerkplats BV, Trevor Scott Consultant