Solna Avenue

Giles Pike Architects, London, 2011


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Two storey contemporary extension to the side of a 1980s residential development

This speculatively built 1980s residential development in London had an asymmetrical sliver of land down the Southern flank of the property, and our clients wanted to make good use of this. Giles Pike Architects designed a double height addition to the side of the house, which provides useful extra living accommodation in the form of a dining room and utility room on the ground floor, plus a bedroom and study/home office on the first floor.

The challenge came in designing a contemporary scheme which could work successfully alongside the suburban vernacular of the host building, which comprises various hips, gables and tile hanging.

The resulting scheme has a largely glazed front façade, topped with a flat roof (which is level with the existing eaves) and punctuated by two bold roof light projections. These roof constructions give form and character to the building as well as bringing an abundance of natural light into the house.


  • Begun: Mar 2011
  • Completed: Sep 2011
  • Floor area: 63m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £170,000
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works
  • Address: 1 Solna Avenue, London, SW15 6UY, United Kingdom

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