Calabria Road

Waghorn Gwynne Architects, London, 2007


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View of extension from garden 

Waghorn Gwynne Architects     Download Original

  • View of extension from garden    
  • All rear windows have a view out onto the garden    
  • The horizontal trellis bars are strongly articulated    
  • The garden continues up the extension with the climbing plants, creating a new vertical dimension to the garden    
  • Steps down to the garden    
  • Transition from living space to kitchen space    
  • The double height bookshelf provides extensive book storage    
  • The double height bookshelf provides extensive book storage    
  • More shelving integrated within the walls    
  • The lavender roof    
  • Ground, first and second floor plans    
  • Section    
  • Rear elevation    
  • Existing floor plans    
  • Existing rear elevation    
  • Existing section    

Extension to house in North London with attention to providing natural light, accommodating an extensive book collection and creating a more intimate link with garden

A house extension for a client who was short of space both inside and out. The solution was to demolish the existing rear two-storey extension and replace it with a 5m high garden room and gallery, which brings light into the previously dark house.

Bookcases furnish the garden room, which looks out onto a garden that is now on two levels, greatly increasing the density of planting that one sees from inside. In addition, the building itself has been turned into a ‘vertical garden’, with strongly articulated horizontal trellis bars up which climbing plants will scramble.


  • Completed: 2007
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £200,000
  • Address: Calabria Road, London, N5, United Kingdom

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