This is the end of a terrace in Hackney, north-east London. Lynch Architect's timber house is situated not on a high-brow Bloomsbury terrace, but among a debased early Victorian example in an inner suburb of the city.
A generation of emerging London architects has turned its back on the sensationalist form-making of the starchitects and is making buildings that are often very quiet, and deliberately ordinary.
It is stories that distinguish architecture from building. The architectural theorist Beatriz Colomina writes that contrary to the myth, Daedalus was not the first architect - he built the labyrinth but did not understand its structure. Ariadne, however, interpreted it, with the help of a conceptual device (a ball of string), and thus should be conferred the title. Architecture is a critical and interpretative act as we conceive of it today.