Project: Tin House, New Build, West London
Material: GreenCoat PLX
Colour: Brick Red, RAL 8004, and Dark Silver RAL 7037
Henning Stummel Architects Ltd is a London-based practice that meets design challenges with creative solutions. Prior to the development of Tin House, viewers of Channel 4 TV programme Grand Designs will have seen Henning’s earlier project, ‘The Workshop’, a challenging redevelopment of a former industrial plot in Camden, North London.
With Tin House, Henning faced similar challenges. A tight plot over-looked from all sides with difficult access. As with the RIBA award-winning project ‘The Workshop’, the site for Tin House was accessed by a narrow passage between two Victorian houses.
For the cladding of Tin House, Henning chose GreenCoat PLX in Brick red colour, along with a Dark Silver colour to give a zinc style contrast on a separate property, also part of the development. Material sustainability, ease of working and the long material warranty of the metal made the decision easier.
By choosing GreenCoat PLX with narrow seam centres of 500mm a tight, a much crisper look to the façade was achieved. Usually, for standing seam cladding using zinc, copper or colour coated steel, many expert metal roof installers will use an angled seam on facades, giving the metal a flatter appearance. With angled seams, 500mm or 430mm seam centres are commonly used for wall cladding.
Further notable details on Tin house were the use of Scandinavian-style integrated gutters on the ‘roof pods’ to deal with rainwater run-off. Integral roof windows on the top of each pod kept the look clean and minimal.
Tin House featured on Channel 4 TV programme Grand Designs.
It achieved Winner RIBA London Award 2016 and Nominated RIBA National Award 2016
Tin House was a finalist at the 2016 World Architecture Festival (WAF).