Twisted House

RCKa Architects, London, 2013


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Elevation rear 

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Refurbishment and extension to residential dwelling.

The key ambition of the project was to create a single flexible large-scaled contemporary living space and connect this new heart of the home imaginatively to the client's 54m long rear garden. The solution was to conceive the extension as the first of a number of garden pavilions, each with complimentary yet distinct uses and materials.

The blunt-cut pyramidal roof form emphasises the independent nature of the room from the main body of the house and its desire to connect with the garden. Rich red-gum timber panels line three sides of the interior, strengthening the special character of the extension and further defining the space, whilst also concealing steelwork nibs, services, storage and doors back into the main house and utility room.

The whole space is animated by a large shallow-pitched central rooflight, twisted due-south to maximise winter solar penetration and create a focal point for family life to unfold.


  • Begun: Aug 2012
  • Completed: Sep 2013
  • Floor area: 161m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £213,156
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Jun 2012
  • Procurement: JCT with contractor's Design
  • Address: 37 Melbourne Road, London, SW19 3BB, United Kingdom

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