Generous glazed areas and therefore Â naturally lit apartments with fine Â views out are an extremely desirable Â part of the modern home. A common Â misconception and criticism of Â prefabricated modules is that they Â offer little opportunity for large Â glazed facades. Atelier One have Â proved this is clearly not the case Â on previous projects such as the Â rooftop extension to The White Cube Â Gallery in Hoxton Square and on their Â work on the Piper Building, Fulham. The key to glazing Â prefabricated modules is to provide Â enough stiffness to eliminate Â movement when the modules are Â transported.
Modular Penthouse, Â Wandsworth High Street
Architect: Â Martin Markcrow Architects
Structural Engineer: Â Buro Happold
Quantity Surveyor: Â KMCS London
Model Photography: Â Andrew Putler
This new two-storey penthouse is Â located above an existing four-storey Â building on Wandsworth High Street, Â London, within a Conservation Area.
The 2,400 sq ft apartment for private Â clients was Â pre-fabricated in Â Slovenia, and transported as five Â separate 12.0m long modules to Â London, where they were Â craned Â into position over a 2-3 day period, Â before connection to the existing Â services and stairwell. The steel Â framed structure minimised Â the load Â on the existing building and afforded strength during transportation and Â lifting. Â A modular construction route was Â chosen primarily to avoid disruption, Â noise, and dust pollution to the clients Â who occupied the top floor Â of the building. In addition, a Â conventional construction route with Â scaffolding and temporary shelter on Â this constrained site proved particularly difficult and costly.