Conceptually this project frames nature in the city. It is a lightweight timber tower on an asymmetric steel stiletto.
Vicco’s Tower frames specific views and creates particular qualities of light in each space. From the study, a ‘panorama’ window frames the garden as a landscape. A double height vertical glass slot shows a London Plane — one of the original avenue planted by the Georgians. A horizontal slot at bath height allows a very private contemplation of the garden. And above the sky.
51% studios’ artist client AK Dolven says: “To be able to bathe in the moonlight and a shower under a tree is something I thought was only possible in the remote place I come from in Norway. With this inside-outside space I can continue these elemental experiences in East London.” . In a dense urban environment, nature gains in focus and beauty: architecture as lens.
Materials have been designed to wear well and age gracefully, with minimal finishing or product applications. Money was spent to ensure adequate glass insulation and a full house water purification system from the pure H2O company to support our clients health and negate the need for adding to the recycling pile with bottled water.
Vicco’s Tower won an RIBA London Award in 2008 and has been shortlisted for the Georgian Group Architectural Award and a Grand Designs Award. RIBA Awards are given for buildings that have high architectural standards and make a substantial contribution to the local environment.
“Vicco’s tower is a rear garden extension of a traditional small Hackney house to give a new stacked kitchen, study and master bathroom in that order for a Norwegian artist living in London. You cannot help being mesmerized by the artist’s own touches so a modest project becomes one of singular aesthetic consistency.
The extension addresses the back garden with an area of nearly 100% glazing in the lower ground kitchen such that it feels almost like one was cooking out of doors. Above this is suspended a two storey solid wood tower containing the more private study, entirely lined with birch plywood followed by a large bathroom which has an entire glass roof and brilliant light.
Altogether a very successful building from modest but sure means.” RIBA website
View: Vicco’s Tower