Shrubland Road

AAB Architects, London, 2011


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  • Elevation    
  • Side view    
  • Upper terrace    
  • Lower terrace    
  • Kitchen + garden    
  • Kitchen    
  • Furniture    
  • Skylight    
  • Study    
  • Balustrade    
  • Terrace steps    
  • Overhang    
  • Location plan    
  • Site plan    
  • Plans    
  • Sections A-A and B-B    
  • Sections D-D and E-E    
  • Existing plan    
  • Existing section and elevation    
  • Construction    
  • Working detail    
  • Working detail    
  • Working detail    

Alterations to a Victorian house to create a space for modern family life, orientated towards the garden with a timber-clad study above for private reflection

The existing modern rear extension was not sympathetic to the modest refinement of the original house and was mostly demolished; the foundations and lower walls were retained as a base for the timber-clad volume that contains the study. The cladding is a purpose-designed ship-lapped section in Douglas Fir; the purpose-made windows and doors are also Douglas Fir, and are carefully aligned to frame views of the surrounding trees.

The lower ground floor was opened up to create a large family kitchen and dining space, and the garden was excavated to form a stepped courtyard. The kitchen extension has a large glass skylight, which is framed by the existing structures, the study and the balcony that spans between them.

The kitchen and built-in plywood furniture were designed by AAB architects and constructed by the main contractor. A walk-in larder provides additional storage space.


  • Begun: Nov 2010
  • Completed: May 2011
  • Floor area: 45m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £205,000
  • Tender date: Sep 2010
  • Procurement: JCT 2005 Minor Works with CDP
  • Address: Shrubland Road, Hackney, London, E8 4NN, United Kingdom

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