Dezeen's Jessica Mairs takes a look at a slender apartment block in north London that features a cross-laminated timber structure and wicker balconies projecting from its brick facade.

Local firm Amin Taha Architects chose to use CLT, which is a type of engineered wood that's made up of layers of laminated timber sections as a more sustainable alternative to concrete and steel. Inside, the CLT and brick are left exposed and are joined by shelving, seats, doors, and stairs. Wicker-covered balconies project from every other window to provide residents with private outdoor space.

"If the overall building form is intended to help complete the parade, it and its detailing is also architectonically driven by a choice of superstructure suited to residential use then developed to a smaller domestic and tactile scale," said the architects. "The double-stacked and open-bond of brickwork states the envelope is not load bearing, but a screen enveloping the whole building including the roof," they added.

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