Islington Garden Square

Trombe, London, 2013


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A rear extension to a five-storey, listed, terraced house in Islington

The clients owned a five storey, listed, terraced house located in a garden square in Islington and although the building had a substantial floor area and elegantly proportioned rooms, the kitchen was very small and located in an poor quality rear extension, dating from the 1970s.

The brief was to create a much larger kitchen/dining room extension, with additional accommodation at basement level below, that conserved the architectural character of the house and its setting.

The existing extension was reconstructed in London stock brickwork, in a slightly larger form over a concrete basement structure, with a taller, minimal glazed structure extending across to the party wall with the neighbouring property.

Laminated walk-on glazing at garden level allows daylighting to the basement room below. Conceptually the glazed structure is virtually invisible – the brickwork wall and architectural detail of the original rear elevation is clearly seen through the glass.

The glazed structure is tall enough to enclose an existing window, and exceptionally clear ‘low iron’ glass is used to enhance the sense of transparency. A key element of the design was the reconciliation of the preference for a minimum number of glazing units with limitations imposed by manufacturing and installation considerations.

Careful consideration was given to the detailing of the junction of the glazing to the surrounding structures, to ensure that the minimal appearance was not compromised.

The end result is a lofty, contemporary space, that is harmoniously integrated with the original building and surrounding townscape.


  • Begun: Mar 2013
  • Completed: Oct 2013
  • Floor area: 17m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £180,000
  • Procurement: Bespoke Contract
  • Address: Islington, London, , United Kingdom

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