Grand Designs:Hackney’s Garden House blooms for RIBA’s House of the Year 2016

Bringing the garden onto the roof has won this London home a place on the longlist of one of architecture's most prestigious awards

The Garden House is among the nominees for this year's Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year awards.

Set in an 85 square metre site behind Victorian housing in Hackney’s de Beauvoir Conservation area, it is a captivating example of what can be done in a small, urban space.

Architects Hayhurst and Co designed the home and studio to include a garden on its roof made from stainless steel trays within which 800 sedums and heathers bloom.

You enter the property through a winter garden flooded with light from polished stainless steel roof lights, a feature which brings natural light to all the interconnected and sculptural spaces.

The judges were “captivated by the exquisite detailing” of this house and the “peaceful and private space” the architects have created for the clients amid a very built up part of residential London.

The RIBA House of the Year award will be broadcast as part of a special Channel 4 Grand Designs series, presented by Kevin McCloud later in the year.

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