Cabin on the Roof

Offsea Works, London, 2014


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View along glass partition into main room 

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  • View along glass partition into main room    
  • Curved Plywood Wall    
  • View to studio    
  • Bedroom    
  • Bedroom towards chimney    
  • Bedroom view of cupboard wall    
  • Shower    
  • Tile Detail    
  • Wash basin    
  • View studio    
  • View towards bedroom    
  • Hallway towards stairs    
  • View from garden    
  • Axo    
  • Customized Basin     
  • Layout     
  • Section    
  • Unfolded Elevation    
  • Scaffolding    
  • Main structure under construction    
  • Construction of curved plywood wall    
  • External wall under construction    
  • External wall with cedar cladding    
  • Bathroom details    
  • Electrical position plan    

Roof extension of a Victorian terrace for work-live use

With sky-high property and rental prices, this was an exercise in providing a super economic live/work space in London, utilizing a very tiny budget.

What for some would be the cost of their kitchen worktop, delivered here a extension containing a bedroom, studio and bathroom.

Using a humanist-economic approach, the project was built as a shed-like timber stud structure clad in cedar, with every inch of three-dimensional space being squeezed out.

The cabin comes into full swing in the main bedroom where a plywood interior covers walls, ceiling, bookshelves and cupboards; stretching out into the small hallway the plywood theme curves into an embrace of a shower room hidden behind pocket doors before ending in a studio space.

On the exterior no effort or expense was made to conceal ductwork, which unashamedly runs down the side return like an un-tucked shirt, whilst Juliet looks down from her balcony.


  • Begun: May 2012
  • Completed: Apr 2014
  • Floor area: 42m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £45,000
  • Tender date: Mar 2012
  • Procurement: Small Projects Contract
  • Address: 10 Rushford Road, London SE4 1SG, London, SE4 1SG, United Kingdom

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