The Jewel Box

Fraher Architects, London, 2010


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View from Garden 

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  • View from Garden    
  • View from garden    
  • View from Roof    
  • Study View    
  • View from rear bedrom    
  • Entrance Vault    
  • Bedroom    
  • Wildflower and Sedum Roof    
  • Living space    
  • Dusk View    
  • Lower ground floor plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Section B-B    
  • Rear extension section    
  • Section I-I and J-J    
  • Gerrard Road Story board copy    
  • Angel    
  • Existing rear elevation    
  • Extension works - month 4    
  • Underpinning the existing building    
  • Retaining wall - view looking out to garden    
  • Roof details    
  • Rear door details    

Intended for a silversmith and a QC, the brief called for complete renovation and an extension to provide a dining area and garden room for this Grade-II listed house in the Colebrooke Row conservation area

Conceived as a series of jewelled boxes carefully inserted into the existing fabric, the design opens up and revitalises what was a series of dark, disjointed spaces.

Scottish larch and concrete have been combined in a simple palette of materials that wrap around the existing fabric, inviting the user through the space and into the garden. The remaining period architectural features are retained and celebrated, while the rear addition utilises a double-canted wildflower roof to bounce light deep into the floorplate.


  • Begun: Mar 2010
  • Completed: Sep 2010
  • Floor area: 97m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £250,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Oct 2009
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works
  • Address: Islington, London, N1, United Kingdom

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