Nick Garwolinski

Chiswick

Nick has a passion for environmental design and urban planning. He acquired a small site in West London with a dream of creating something special.

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Nick Garwolinski

Chiswick

Nick has a passion for environmental design and urban planning. He acquired a small site in West London with a dream of creating something special.

A spacious home in a tight site.

Nick was keen to have simple white walls, multiple skylights and windows the interior is bright and spacious maximising every inch of what is a compact house. Nicks vision was to turn a very uninspiring bit of land into something special.

The home consists of a single storey, 55 square meter one bedroom, high specification property, built on a London infill site. The building form weaves around the neighbouring Victorian buildings, centred around a small, private courtyard which lets generous amounts of light into the vaulted living spaces.

A 3-D laser scan of the empty plot has been utilised to enable the structure to be fabricated at the Facit workshop, Hackney, with millimetre accuracy to ensure an exact fit.

The building envelope is super insulated to 0.14 W/m2k for roof and floor and 0.19 W/m2k for walls, which far exceeds the current U-value standards in the UK. The super insulated nature of the building extends to the windows, which are triple glazed aluminium and timber and the front door is a super insulated Facit designed and fabricated door with a U-value of 0.7 W/ m2k. A standard front door will lose the equivalent amount of energy as 30 sqm of insulated wall! Facit buildings are designed to be airtight, so as not to lose heat. This necessitates the implementation of a heat recovery system that draws in fresh air and expels stale air, while retaining the warmth.

 

My idea of home is a place to settle into after a hard day but also for life, in all the ways that entails. That means that it is mine and made for me – my own space in this world.

Nick

I also like the idea of not having to throw out money over time when for an initial investment, money can be saved in my pocket and not padding profits of some utility company. There's something nicely liberating about that idea.

Nick