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Situated in the aptly named London suburb of Woodford Green, Mazarin House offers a beautifully unique solution to a design challenge created by the diversity of the surrounding properties. Flanked by Edwardian housing and ‘70s blocks of flats, Mazarin’s transitional design perfectly unites these opposing architectural styles – with a little help from non-orthogonal geometry.
A study in sophisticated angles, Arboreal Architecture designed Mazarin to offer four floors of living within a three storey silhouette and provide six apartments enclosed within the mass and proportions of the neighbouring detached properties. By removing the restriction of right angles, each apartment is able to offer double-height, south facing living spaces accompanied by generous glazing and balconies.
The realisation of the rigorous design was made possible with Cross Laminated Timber. Computer controlled precision cutting of the CLT panels enabled the construction to achieve a high degree of airtightness and a continuous 200mm layer of insulation to attain a high standard of thermal performance. The use of timber as both a construction and finishing material further contributed to sustainability - not only reducing emissions associated with traditional construction, but also sequestering CO2.
Tom Raymont from Arboreal Architecture explained: "The exterior of Mazarin House is clad with a SILA A/B rainscreen in a custom narrow profile spaced to align with the brick coursing of adjacent buildings. We selectively extended the rainscreen across southfacing windows to reduce summertime solar gain and across the balconies to provide a balustrade. We also specified Russwood timber internally, using their Engineered Chateau Natural Character/Prime Oak floorboards.
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