Ockendon Rd

Hamish and Lyons, London, 2014

 

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Private house

The client’s brief called for 'a modern extension that looks as if Sir John Soane might have designed it'.

The existing closet wing contained a cramped dog leg stair and landing for the guest loo. Our concept was to convert it into a double height viewing chamber from which both the garden and rear of the house could be observed and appreciated.

When entering the house one catches a glimpse of the garden through a 4m high window ahead. The window has been positioned directly in front of the stair so that the viewer can experience a continually changing view of the garden during the decent down to the lower level.

Inspired by Soane’s top lit spaces, a single piece of frameless structural glazing replaces the existing solid pitched roof. This transforms the old closet wing into a vertical framing device that captures a dramatic view of the rear of the house and the sky above. When looking up, the house above appears to be supported on a single steel column.

The window seat cantilevers out over the garden, creating an intimate 'room' that is both part of the house and its own separate entity within the garden. The band sawn oak slats add texture and warmth whilst creating a perspective that leads the eye to the views beyond.

Low-iron glass was used throughout for its extra transparency, purity of colour and very high light transmission.

Data

  • Begun: Mar 2014
  • Completed: Aug 2014
  • Floor area: 50m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £120,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Jan 2014
  • Procurement: Design and Build
  • Address: Ockendon Rd, London, N1 3JL, United Kingdom

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