North London Apartments Wow with Wood and Wicker
An eye-catching apartment block in North London marries unconventionalism with traditionalism with atypical wicker balconies against some bold brickwork. Amin Taha Architects brings style and cadence to the forefront of this skinny six-unit complex, using a cross-laminated (CLT) structure to replace steel and concrete with layers of laminated wood. The frame was then fronted with punctured brickwork to match its neighboring buildings. Liberally-sized bronze framed windows accentuate the apartment’s face, with seating areas completing each wicker balcony; doubling as a shading for their friends below that still allows some light to stream through.
The CLT base eliminated the need for plasterboard walls and raised ceilings. The brick concept also didn’t need paint or tiles giving the insides a more cozy and tender atmosphere. Using wood also better lent to this aesthetic, simultaneously providing a more robust structure to keep inhabitants safe for many years to come.
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