This private residence in the London Borough of Southwark extends to the rear garden to form an elegant and simple volume that blends with the landscape. The new extension is a bright open-plan space illuminated with a series of roof lights.
Location: London, United Kingdom
GFA: 200 sqm
The refurbishment and extension of this Victorian terraced house is the result of a close collaboration with the client to discover the potential of the property. The new architectural language blends with the old building in terms of scale and context and provides a large opening facing the garden.
The new intersecting volume sits in harmony with the existing ground floor and opens up the landscape to the entrance hall through a well-illuminated space. A series of frameless and hidden skylights, facing the direction of the evening sun, highlight the texture of the old brick wall painted in white.
By removing walls, opening up internal windows and doors and introducing skylights, the refurbished house has a coherent layout on each level enhancing the quality and volume of space. The rear addition becomes a big steel frame, like a flared window that extends the open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, connected through a giant pivoting door.
The staircase is being transformed into a shelving unit hiding the toilet beneath the steps, combining white and oak pieces of timber. The visual connection of all the rooms and the translucent glass of the entrance door bring sufficient natural light into the ground floor.
The interior fixtures, fittings and materials create a minimal and warm atmosphere, reinforcing the sense of connection between the living room and the garden.