Enfield, London EN2

We excel in turning constraints into opportunities and this compact home in North London demonstrates how thoughtful design can achieve great things on plots that might ordinarily be dismissed as unviable for development. Having previously failed to achieve planning permission with another architect, this small overlooked plot is sandwiched between scrubland and garages, looking very forlorn and almost forgotten by our developer client.

Project & Environmental Data

Project Info

  • Location: Enfield, London EN2
  • Image Credit: nu.ma

Environmental Data

  • Energy Efficiency
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  • Insulation
    1 2 3 4 5 6
  • Thermal Mass
    1 2 3 4 5 6
  • Airtightness
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  • Solar PV
  • Embodied Carbon
    1 2 3
  • Heating/Hot Water
    Electric Gas Ground Source Air Source
  • Solar Thermal
    Yes No
  • Rain Water Harvest
    Yes No
  • Ventilation
    MVHR Natural
  • Energy Storage
    Yes No

We believe that quality architecture adds value, both emotional and financial. Our architecture enhances your sense of well-being, the value of which is difficult to quantify in monetary terms. Our design skill, knowledge and tenacity also add financial value as the benefit of realising quality design increases the value of a site and maximises your investment.

We believe that beauty is measurable and that even the most constrained project or site can be beautiful. Often, embracing constraints is a catalyst for inspirational resolutions. We respectfully celebrate the ‘question’, which has resulted in our reputation for bringing success to challenging and complex sites and project briefs.

Designed to improve upon the London Space standard guidance, the new dwelling is kinked in its plan form to maximise available site area and includes two bedrooms, a bathroom and a study on the first floor. The ground floor is largely open plan and fronts a private courtyard garden. As designers we realise the benefit that even the smallest private outdoor space can add to any home, benefiting the emotional well-being of the occupants and fostering engagement with the outside world.

The problem of overlooking has been turned into a design feature in the large weathered steel window which is canted to avoid views of adjacent property, but still allowing natural light and views outside. The distinctive monopitch roof minimises the bulk of the house and allows maximum sunlight penetration into the garden. An intensive green roof increases the visual amenity for neighbours and the site’s biodiversity potential.

This project is one of a series of residential developments PAD studio are working on with an Enfield based housing provider to deliver a series of high quality, considered infill developments on residual backland sites in the borough.