建筑师：Evonort, London, and Bernhard von Erlach Architekt ETH SIA, Bern Switzerland
总承包商：John Perkins Projects Ltd, London
制造商：ROBmade by Keller Ziegeleien，Pfungen，Switzerland
Islington, like many residential districts in London, is serious about its heritage. Residents cherish the streets lined with Georgian and Victorian townhouses — so much that a small two-story addition in the Canonbury area was met with resistance on par with a new tower rather than a brick box barely glimpsed over a stone wall. According to Adam Howard of Evonort, the architecture firm that was hired to gain planning permission and then took the project through to tender and construction, the project had to go through two rounds of approvals. With brick walls in a contemporary rather than traditional expression, the project was rejected in the first round. While the design of the brick walls stayed the same after that, its height was lowered by half a meter; it was enough for the project to gain approval by a committee that enthusiastically embraced the design. From start to finish, the project — the 100m2 addition and the refurbishment of the 320m2 main house — took five years, a long period for a single-family residence but clear evidence of resistance to cutting-edge design.
客户邀请了他们的堂兄加入，即来自瑞士的建筑师Bernhard von Erlach。他开发了最初的设计概念，随后又在书上看到ROBmade砖面板制作公司的项目成品，该公司也位于瑞士，主要生产由砖和水平粘接接头组成的预制外墙板，名称中的“ROB”指的是进行生产并能够实现具有复杂几何形状面板的机器人。最终，业主们决心用这种材料实现他们想要的特别建筑。
The clients brought in their cousin, architect Bernhard von Erlach from Switzerland, to develop the initial pavilion concept, at one point seeing a project in a coffee table book that was built with ROBmade brick panels. The company, also based in Switzerland, produces prefabricated facade panels composed of bricks and horizontal adhesive joints; the "ROB" in their name refers to the robots that do the production and are capable of achieving panels with complex geometries.The owners were determined to realize their own version of one of the company's striking brick walls.
The brick panels on the ground floor wrap a kitchen and eating area while the lower ground floor — sunken into the ground when the height was reduced — serves as a playroom for the owner's children. A double-height glass wall with sliding panels faces the verdant yard, meaning the brick is used for privacy, not just architectural expression. Solid on the long side, the ROBmade panels sit partially in front of a glass window that faces the street and frames a rectangular opening for the kitchen. Gaps between the bricks mean dots of light enter from this side during the day and glow from inside at night. The panels sit on a steel angle that is the header of horizontal windows that wrap two sides and brings light to the playroom downstairs.
虽然建筑很小，只有17块面板，每块重约850公斤，但该项目并非没有设计和施工问题。虽然砖在墙的中间可以自由地以羽毛状图案起伏，但它们必须在底部和顶部返回直线：如此一来，在底部，面板不会在钢角上施加任何不对称的负荷，在顶部，栏杆顶盖可以包裹在砖上。埃沃诺特（Evonort）建筑公司的亚当·霍华德（Adam Howard）与客户合作，并与von Erlach和ROBmade协调解决这些和其他细节，例如面板的尺寸，以便它们可以放在伦敦卡车上，并通过任何可以放在院子里的起重机将其提升到位。每一个细节都必须在点击按钮直接操作远在苏黎世的机器人之前解决。在那之后，生产和交付只需要六周时间，只需三天就能将面板提升到位。
Though small and with only 17 panels weighing around 850kg each, the project was not without its design and construction issues. While the bricks are free to undulate in a feather-like pattern in the middle of the wall, they have to return to straight lines at the base and the top: at the base so the panels do not put any asymmetrical loads on the steel angles supporting them; and at the top so the parapet coping can wrap over the brick. Evonort's Howard worked with the client and coordinated with von Erlach and ROBmade to resolve these and other details, such as sizing of the panels so they could fit on London trucks and be lifted into place by whatever crane could fit in the yard. Every detail, no matter how minor, had to be resolved before the button could be literally clicked on the robot in Zurich. Once that happened, it took just six weeks for production and delivery, and only three days to lift the panels into place.
Once the panels were lifted into place, the feather-like pattern crafted by ROBmade was broken up by zipper-like gaps. With the tight tolerances of robotic fabrication, it was impossible to lock the panels together on site. So the gaps were sealed in place by placing individual bricks and gluing on one side to allow for movement, thereby meshing the panels together into a seamless composition.