One of the mid-late Victorian terraced houses that lies in the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Conservation Area, was extended to the back of the house to cater for the needs of a family of 6.
With most of the living accommodation reduced to the single space in the basement, the ambition of the project was to make open, light filled, flexible spaces for the whole family.
The two-storey rear extension provided the opportunity for a large open plan kitchen, living space and dining room with an increased connection with the garden through the large glazed sliding doors. Additional light is brought into the space through a large rectangular rooflight and new French doors to the front lightwell.
Above, the extension only covers half the width of the house but provides a much-needed second bathroom and cloakroom area. Other changes include the reconfigurations for an extra bedroom and a separate master ensuite.
The 2.0m high ceilings of the second floor were removed in order to create a feeling of space for the top two kids bedrooms and include a playful mezzanine / storage area as well.
This two bedroom basement maisonette of a four storey Victorian terrace in Hackney was generous in size with large rooms and high ceilings. The room proportions were suited to the original single Victorian house the property had once been, but felt underutilised in its current form as a maisonette.
The owners wanted to add an additional bedroom and to combine their living areas into one larger single space, rather than the original sprawl over separate floors. They felt they had enough room within the footprint of the house but wanted to redistribute the space in order to better meet their living requirements; an open and playful heart in the centre of the house for friends and family to enjoy.
Reorganising the space they had, gave them the functionality they wanted without the additional cost of extending into the garden.
As part of the works a central load-bearing wall was removed to allow an open plan living and kitchen area overlooking the garden. The large but dark hallway was reduced in width to allow a new ensuite shower room to the downstairs bedroom. In doing this, the circulation for the house was reconnected to the centre of the downstairs living space. Through a bespoke staircase designed with open timber slats in a simple geometric pattern, an additional sense of space and of light has been introduced.
This terraced house forms part of a 1970’s estate designed and built by the local authority. The existing property spanned three floors under a striking sloped roof, orientated around a central courtyard with separate rear living room. The form of the property was dynamic and architecturally exciting however the internal plan felt like a missed an opportunity.
The original layout placed a bedroom in the centre of the ground floor overlooking the courtyard which stopped the visual link with this central outdoor space from the kitchen or dining areas. The resulting circulation spaces were dark and gloomy and the remaining two bedrooms were spread one on each of the upper floors making the house feel overly stretched and vertical.
With a relatively small budget, the works to this property aimed to reveal the existing but hidden architectural features of this unusual house while keepingcosts to an absolute minimum.
The ground floor bedroom was removed and the kitchen relocated to the heart of the property allowing visual links throughout the ground floor and to garden beyond. The existing kitchen location was converted to a study with an adjacent entrance cloakroom and concealed utility cupboard. Upstairs a zinc clad roof extension allowed for an additional bedroom and an enlarged top lit bathroom.
Wherever possible the ceilings were opened up to expose the dramatic roof pitches and celebrate the house's dynamic form. The result is a light, spacious house which is a pleasure to experience.
An internal reconfiguration of a three bedroom house in Beckenham, South London.
The existing layout of the ground floor was a series of smaller, segregated spaces with no connection to each other or to the back garden.
By demolishing the internal walls between the existing kitchen, living room and utility, a double height space was revealed and then utilised through a bespoke kitchen storage and display unit in the gable end.
The large living area can be opened up to create a direct visual link from the front door to the living space and garden beyond.
Bird City was a workshop that was part of the Open House Junior programme within Leadenhall Market in the City of London.
Throughout a busy and successful afternoon, children were invited to design and build a house for the bird of their choice. The finished houses were added to the growing city of Bird houses amongst the trees, admired by passers-by.
A new addition of a loft room to an existing one bedroom flat in Clapton and extensive refurbishment.
The existing property is spread over 3 floors and with an additional floor, the main priority was to bring light through on all levels and unite the spaces.
The design of the balustrade is a series of rhymed white timber slats which allows light through as well as providing a central orientating piece that runs through the whole of the property.
A temporary installation for an instant film exhibition. Designed to divide the 10 x 10 gallery space into two; one to house the pop up shop and bar, and a more ‘private’ viewing area for the photograph exhibit.
This project consists of 5 new build houses on a vacant brownfield site in Peckham Rye.
The project originated from a local custom build group who consists of couples with young families from the local area who are looking for family homes to meet their growing needs.
Due to the lack of availability in the area and the market rate of suitable houses in the area, they are looking for alternative ways to stay in Peckham and live a sustainable life in London.
The developer SOLIDSPACE is working on their behalf as an enabler in the process.
Having the end users, the architect and the enabling developer working as a team from the beginning ensures quality of design and cost certainty. We work with the end user after the shell is finished to design bespoke interiors to meet their own requirements and taste.
Located in North West London, the project consists of two new rear extensions and a whole house refurbishment.
The extensions both have a mono-pitch roof that faces together to minimise the impact on the boundaries of the property, whilst creating airy, high ceiling spaces. The stand alone extension houses a sauna, changing room and office space, and the other, a family snug area.
The ground floor layout was reconfigured to create a large open living space with a 'pod' storage unit in the middle. This enabled the space to be opened or closed in order to give flexibility to family life.
A ground floor rear and loft extension to an existing terraced house in the docklands area of East London.
The ground floor layout was reorganised and extended to produce a spacious, open plan living and kitchen area. The previously dark living space to the rear of the house was opened up with a large roof light and sliding rear doors. An additional bedroom and en suite shower room were created in the new zinc clad loft extension. Every nook was filled with much needed storage.
Situated in West London, the project consists of opening up the central part of the house and adding a side infill extension, so that the kitchen and living area are now connected to the garden area beyond.
With rooflights overhead, light is brought deep into the house creating an open, airy living area.
Other configurations include the brightly wallpapered utility room with its 'secret' door, new bathrooms to the first floor and bespoke joinery to the master bedroom.
We were recently involved with Archikids Festival where we helped run a workshop making kites.
Organised by Open City the weekend involved activities, tours and competitions aimed at helping kids explore ideas of design and architecture.
Located at the base of St Mary Axe, the kite designs were made and tested and then elaborately decorated.
Located in Islington, this three bedroom flat needed to be reconfigured to make it work for the way the owners wanted to live.
By adding in a new staircase and moving the WC, it meant their main living space was improved. The kitchen was enlarged and could house a table for 4, which in turn meant that the existing living room was freed from being used as an eating area.
Upstairs the new stairs meant that extra space was given to the bathroom and the second bedroom.
There was an existing informal mezzanine space that was also reconditioned and enlarged to make it into a usable study space.
Extra rooflights were added into the bedrooms to bring in loads of natural light.