House Refurbishment | Architecture for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London
The fine semi-detached Villa’s of Belsize Park, North London are closely built houses. Separated by only the small side passages between them they conceal almost secret garden environments beyond. Only the neighbouring houses seemingly form a boundary to the gardens, which are long, wide and mature in foliage. This is the setting for our latest full house refurbishment. The client wanted the house to feel better connected to the garden.
An accordion arrangement is explored as a concept for the extension. A series of angled facets have been used to establish a notional hierarchy to the kitchen. Expressed as solid and void walls the facets provide a level of transparency and privacy between the house, garden and the neighbours beyond. The staggered configuration of the extension creates framed views of the garden and provides a unique architectural solution for an extension and avoids an uninspired full width house extension. The shift in geometry allows the extension to reveal a series of layered materials to reach out and touch the garden, all contained beneath the asymmetrical roof form. The roof is formed in timber and painted with a special Swedish preservative paint treatment that produces a beautiful matt red finish. The roof projects beyond the building edge to provide a simple solar shading device to the southeasterly aspect of the extension.