multifunctional creative agency d*haus company has completed a full refurbishment of a period property situated in north london, UK. using digital design as part of the fabrication process, the architects have transformed the pre-existing 2-bedroom maisonette into a spacious, bright triplex home.
all images by richard chivers
the clients wanted to open up the existing property, and knock through as many existing walls as possible, to generate an open plan living environment. in addition, one of their main requests was for the design to allow natural sunlight to enter the house, brightening up the dark interior core. as a result, d*haus created a double-height space, with occupants entering the apartment through a giant frameless glass window that completely opens up to the sky. upon walking into the house, residents feel like they are on a ship floating on the clouds.
having been experimenting with digital fabrication for a while now, d*haus company wanted to test and incorporate automated CNC construction ideas in this project. thus, the architects have decided to install a digitally manufactured plywood staircase, sustainable, and perforated, that allows natural light to filter through the levels of the building.
considering material efficiency, the project team worked with the fabricator to ensure that the staircase is cut from just two sheets of plywood, then assembled offsite before being installed. the design and construction of this digitally manufactured feature draws influence from the work of architect taro tsuruta. to execute such an adventurous design, the d*haus team has collaborated with materialise creative design. this group of experts specializes in high-end prototyping, utilizing equipment such as 5-axis cnc machines, thermo formers and laser cutters.
edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom