The Tin House
William Russell graduated from the Royal College of Art and set up practice with David Adjaye for a while. They went their separate ways in 2000, Russell working on his own before joining the design practice Pentagram in 2005. This is his own house built on a tight site just off the famous Brick Lane in Tower Hamlets. The name comes from the galvanised steel panels which clad the majority of the house. Internally, the programme is unconventional with bedrooms on the lower levels and living areas above, taking advantage of the light and increased privacy granted by the form of the building. There are a number of double-height spaces and external terraces. The structure is formed of concrete. In an area where buildings are predominantly brick, this structure seems a little incongruous, but doesn't jar.