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Blackheath House

Blackheath House
Private

Location: London
Architect: Walker Bushe Architects
Structural Engineer: Michael Hadi Associates
Main Contractor: MY Construction
Joinery: B&A Woodworking, Farrugia Joinery
Wood Supplier: Wessex Timber, Oberflex
Oak Floor: Dinesen
Wood Species: English oak, English oak veneer, European ashen oak veneer, Slavonian oak, German+Danish oak, Austrian spruce

The house was conceived as a peripatetic route weaving the building into the gently sloping landscape. Timber was selected for its structural, environmental and tactile qualities. A CLT construction was chosen for sustainability and the ability to create long spans with intermittent minor columns. Externally, flint walling and bronze and oak cladding complement the garden. 10m long English oak boards emphasise the building’s horizontality. Internally, a restrained palette of natural stone, oversized oak boards and polished concrete creates a sense of calm. Built-in joinery finished in oak veneer accommodates storage, doors and drawers, detailed with mitered pulls. Elsewhere cupboards are finished with perforated acoustic panels. In the kitchen, black-sprayed timber joinery provides a strong but elegant backdrop to the oak kitchen island.