Ivydale Road

Manalo and White Architects, London, 2011


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Ivydale Road 

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Addition to a Victorian terraced house

The client wanted a light, calm room in the rear garden of her terraced house that was economic to build. The extension is congruous with it’s urban surroundings and suggestive of a rural idyll; the roof mirrors the pitch of the terraced roofline above whilst the untreated timber shiplap cladding wistfully recalls a country hut. Some rural details provided very practical solutions, such as the stable door which keeps children in whilst opening the room up to the elements. A refined use of timber internally is balanced by robust, weathered timber on the outside to withstand the elements.

Manalo & White collaborated with the client’s son Gabriel (of STUDIOLOOP), a cabinet-maker on the design. It was conceived as a timber-framed, self-build extension, with a high level of timber detailing. This enabled Gabriel to build most of it himself in a long series of stages in the gaps available between working on other projects.

Gabriel traded his skills for Manalo & White’s; the architect’s fee was one bespoke timber desk.


  • Begun: Nov 2007
  • Completed: May 2011
  • Floor area: 9m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £9,000
  • Funding: A mixture of private funding and trading skills
  • Tender date: Sep 2007
  • Procurement: Self build
  • Address: 354 Ivydale Road, London, SE15 3DG, United Kingdom

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