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Friday01 August 2014

Adjaye is chairman of the boards

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Work on this prefabricated house in east London, designed by David Adjaye, is almost complete.

The timber-frame building, in De Beauvoir Town, Hackney, was largely constructed in just five days last summer by contractor Eurban, which specialises in an “engineered timber system” that can be speedily erected.

But although the unnamed owner is now living in the 150sq m property, not all the rooms are completed and final adjustments are being made.

Adjaye has a history of designing private houses, including a controversial scheme for journalist Janet Street-Porter, but this is his first collaboration with Eurban.

The solid timber system, which is made from spruce, is designed to improve thermal and acoustic performance and reduce the building’s carbon footprint.

Eurban claims that each cubic metre of timber saves almost a tonne of carbon dioxide emissions compared with a brick or block structure.

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  • With simple forms and big ideas come challenges every little detail becomes pressingly important. We can see the decking boards but we can also see the stain and how it has been applied and the lifts of the scaffold, too much information David.......

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  • this house is wack... who would want to live there? and its in Hackney - doesn't Hackney come in at no.10 in 'crap towns'? What a dump, give me a trailer in the mid-west any day...

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  • Exactly the kind of project you can't understand without a minimum of mind-opening. Not easy to accept we don't live today as we did 100 years ago. And, yes, it's true simplicity isn't so easy to accept than vulgar and indigency. And then, the beauty of the project isn't so evident when you obviously don't have the cultural keys to understand other things that cloned condo houses.

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  • truly a piece of art ,starting with forms ,composition,materials ,colors all put together in a way that creates a hole one,atracts the viewer and pushes it to explore the rest.

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  • ROOF OFF Got to take my invisible hat off to Adjaye! In "Face Off," a man has his face taken off... In De Beauvoir Town, a house has her roof taken off... And no one seems to notice! Well, I would like to live in a house with no roof. To consider De beautiful view. Down with the roof. Up with Adjaye.

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