The architects Murray Groves and Adriana Natcheva of Groves Natcheva Architects pushed the boundaries by employing Solidspace’s innovative house technology for their Zog House project in North-West London built in industrial style architecture.
Family house in industrial style architecture design
For this split-level family house in the heart of one of London’s notoriously reactionary Conservation Areas, they have stepped into the contemporary, concrete interior which presents a unique, multi-level home plan. The Solidspace typology results in a flowing internal space where the concrete acts as both structure and industrial-chic internal finishing with its unfinished concrete walls and natural knotty-wood details. They break the boundaries of traditional Victorian and Georgian terraces in order to “meet the demands of contemporary lifestyles”. For the Zog House Groves Natcheva worked closely with a German system of prefabricated concrete panels to create an intricate series of interlocking interior spaces. The factory-poured concrete slabs gave them infinite flexibility at the design stage thus translating the industrial style architecture design into three-dimensional form, complete with structural integrity. Inside, the concrete work has been left largely unadorned and paired with naked plaster and subtle colour accents to stress the flow of space.
Contemporary industrial style architecture and house interior
The architects created fluid spatial links between all parts of the house which give an impression of spaciousness that belies the relatively small size and intimate nature of the house. They also included solar thermal panels and rainwater collectors to maximise the house’s environmental performance. In fact the building has significant low-energy credentials due to its high thermal mass of the exposed concrete which contributes to reducing energy bills while triple glazing is used throughout and rainwater supply toilets and to water the garden. This is how they enhance the sense of well-being and happiness while creating economic value through desirability and kerb appeal. The Zog House was short-listed for the prestigious RIBA London Awards 2010.
House interior design
Industrial house interior design