Hampstead Beach House

Hayhurst and Co., London, 2011


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  • Ground and first floor plans    
  • Rear elevation    
  • Plans prior to development    
  • Diagram    

This house in North London was extended and reorganised to create a series of bright, well-connected spaces with new windows and light natural material finishes

Originally built as a single Victorian house, this four-storey property just south of Hampstead Heath had been converted into a pair of two-storey maisonettes in the 1970s and the lower floors extended to create extra space. These extensions created a series of dark, cellular spaces with little sense of fluidity to the existing Victorian rooms or connection to the outdoor spaces
Our design for the reconfiguration of the ground and first floor accommodation started with the placement of a clear, clutter-free space in the centre of the plan like a rug in the middle of a room around which furniture and activities are organised. This rug - the tiled surface - extends to the outside and pulls the organisation of the internal and external areas together
The white-stained larch cladding wraps around the inside and outside of the spaces to form seats, planting beds, storage areas and the kitchen units in the way that furniture is arranged around the perimeter of the rug in a traditional room. The cladding extends to form the rear elevation of the extension and includes openings for shutters with larch-clad shutters.
The reconfigured maisonette created a new kitchen, dining area, space for an armchair and ply-lined study in the middle of the plan lit from a skylight that could be closed off from the rest of the living areas.


  • Begun: May 2011
  • Completed: Nov 2011
  • Floor area: 60m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £163,000
  • Tender date: Feb 2011
  • Procurement: JCT MW
  • Address: Hampstead, London, NW3, United Kingdom

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