Park Avenue South, London

Studio Octopi, London, 2009


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The garden at dusk, the extension reflects the unusual geometry of the house 

Lyndon Douglas     Download Original

  • The garden at dusk, the extension reflects the unusual geometry of the house    
  • Garden elevation showing the billowing of  the zinc sheet     
  • Origami: the kitchen island unit and views of distant chimney  tops. The cranked back elevation of the house is visible above the left hand column    
  • Kitchen dining space    
  • Column detail as it passes through the trench heater along the main window    
  • Ground-floor plan    
  • Roof plan    
  • Sections and elevations    
  • Existing Ground-floor plan    
  • Section A-A working details    

Zinc clad kitchen extension inspired by the geometry of the Victorian end of terrace house in North London

The extension, which was developed through a series of folded paper sketch models, uses a lightweight steel frame to form a faceted surface for the glass and black zinc roof.

The secondary timber structure allows for the roof and walls to be ‘super-insulated’, offsetting the large area of glazing. All double glazed units have low e-coating, to provide an element of solar shading.

Internally the white oiled ash floorboards and sharp white facets of the ceiling form a bright lining to the dark outer-garment. The open plan space is divided by a long work bench clad in mitred Assaluto Nero granite: a single step down into the kitchen allows this bench to seamlessly form a counter top and a cantilevered table.

Two solid doors lead onto granite terraces - the larger door weighs 300kg. The simple gesture of opening these doors dramatically changes the space: from a cocoon to a garden pavilion.


  • Begun: 2008
  • Completed: 2009
  • Floor area: 129m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £246,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Procurement: Private
  • Address: Park Avenue South, London, N8 8JJ, United Kingdom

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