Category: Listed Buildings & Conservation
Glazed Facet Extension | Architects for Islington | Canonbury Conservation Area
A faceted glazed structure provides a simple concept for a new extension to a Canonbury townhouse. A series of angles provide a rich sculptural form which is developed further to define the new garden lounge extension. The angles to the facade provide a notional subdivision for the different functions within the space which in turn inform the language of facade and the extent of privacy to the rear.
Blue Steel Mezzanine | Architects for Camden | Highgate, North West London
A small cottage in our client’s garden was under utilised but held great potential; that potential has now been realised. A new blue steel mezzanine has been inserted to run the length of the cottage to provide a significant increase in usable floor area. The cottage interior has enlivened to provide a simple but bold stand-alone accommodation for the in-laws. When the cottage is not being used by guests it retains the flexibility to provide a study area for the client’s daughters. Or in the evening it can be used as a party venue following dinner parties or where everyone can watch a film. To assist in the flexibility of space clever joinery will be incorporated to conceal the beds when they are not in use.
Farmhouse Renovation | Architects for Yorkshire | Leyburn, Yorkshire
A farmhouse renovation is nearing completion and just in time to stoke up the wood burning stove. The house has some wonderful features with exposed timber beams, a stone tiled roof and half a metre thick solid walls all to be retained as original.
House Refurbishment | Architects for Belsize Park | Camden, North London
A new gallery space forms part of the brief to a new full house refurbishment in Belsize Park, London. The house is tired but retains some interesting period features to the wall frieze and ceilings. It does need to be extended to provide an appropriate level of accommodation for entertaining. A key need of the brief is to provide an art gallery for the client and it seems a double height space to the rear of the house is well suited. The rear elevation aims to reconnect the house with the garden and provide a unique architectural solution.
To the top of the house, the windows are under-sized and the bedroom spaces seem a secondary consideration. We aim to open the roof space to provide a modern loft style environment for the children. The master bedroom will occupy the first floor in its entirety with a new bathroom, dressing room and study with great views over the city of London.
Don’t Move Improve | Architects for Belsize Park | Camden, North London
A new rear extension and house refurbishment in North West London improves a fine semi-detached house in Belsize Park. A series of angled facets reconnects the rear extension with the garden to give a unique architectural solution. As with most Victorian houses, the kitchen is too small for a house of this size. Only a modest kitchen sink window the offers a glimpse of the glorious gardens beyond. The client wanted the house to feel better connected to the garden. The extension is expressed as series of solid and void angled facets. They have been used to set up a notional hierarchy to give a level of transparency between the house and garden. The kitchen enjoys a longer footprint with a frameless window to give views across the neighbouring gardens. Exposed timber joists incorporate low energy strip lighting across the kitchen.
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New Loft Office | Architects for South London | Bermondsey
We’ve moved into a new loft style penthouse office in Bermondsey. With all sorts of exciting opportunities to look forward to we share our space with interior designer Callender Howorth. The former tannery is going through an extensive but sensitive refurbishment. The exposed beam ceiling and timber floors remain, as do the steel framed windows but it’s a very considered redevelopment.
Sustainable Grange | Architects for Leyburn | Yorkshire Dales
A traditional Grange and barn in Yorkshire has been neglected for many years. The new owners are very excited by their find; an extensive refurbishment will be necessary. Its location and off grid status makes a sustainable heat strategy the most viable solution for the future. Set within remote farmland it will provide ground source heat as the most cost effective solution for a self-sufficiency. The house has some wonderful features with exposed timber beams, a stone tiled roof and half a metre thick solid walls all to be retained as original. The character of the house will be complimented by a full house refurbishment and insulating the property is a priority. The barn will be used by the boys as a bunk room and will function away from the house.
Double-Height Maisonette | Architects for Camden | Dartmouth Park Road, North West London
Currently configured as a two bedroom with a fine South facing aspect. The internal layout to a Dartmouth Park maisonette is to completely reconfigured. The main living rooms are moved to the rear with the creation of an open plan double-height space which opens onto the rear garden. Two extra bedrooms are relocated to the rear of the property other bedrooms. The new maisonette with better connectivity with the garden now feels more like a new house.
Country House | Architects for Cambridge | Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire
We are working with Callender Howorth on a fine country house and outbuildings in Great Shelford, Cambridge. A series of interconnected buildings are to be enlivened with a contemporary refurbishment. The traditional materials will be enhanced and complemented to provide a modern environment. A new roof conversion will provide a sizeable extra floor to the main house and provide dedicated accommodation for the au pair.
Mews House | Architects for Camden | Belsize Park, North West London
A long established ivy meanders across the garden courtyard and provides a wonderful secret garden to the rear of a mews house. The lounge windows are juxtaposed asymmetrically to the rear facade overlooking the garden. Enlarged and arranged to take advantage of the fine views to the south-facing aspect overlooking Primrose Hill. It provides a double height living space with natural daylight throughout the day.