Nicklin House

Levitate, London, 2007


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View from the garden 

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  • View from the garden    
  • Interior living space    
  • Kitchen and dining space    
  • Dining space    
  • The scheme has a discreet feel to it    
  • The bi-axial etched glass canopy    
  • The bi-axial etched glass canopy    
  • The bi-axial etched glass canopy    
  • Floor plans before and after renovation    
  • Front elevation before and after renovation    
  • Floor, wall, ceiling detail    

Refurbishment and extension of an Edwardian semi-detached house in London

The house had an attractive double fronted elevation, with reception rooms either side of a central hall while the rear was poorly planned.

Around a dark contorted corridor, the lounge and kitchen sat deep within the plan, hidden from the garden by a lean-to conservatory and dining room. Levitate’s response was to clear away accretions and provide a single volume that could unify new living, dining and kitchen spaces with the south-easterly garden.

Rationalising the plan with a hidden gutter, a shallow pitch rooflight runs across the entire width, bringing unity to the elevation.

Internally light is baffled by a bi-axial etched glass canopy that animates the space with changing shadow and pattern throughout the day. Creating a level soffit throughout, the canopy is mirrored externally to provide shade. With a lateral service core containing storage and a WC, two symmetrical piers provide structural and spatial resolution.


  • Begun: Aug 2006
  • Completed: Jan 2007
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £160,000
  • Address: Nicklin House, London, United Kingdom

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