Quarrell House

Architecture WK, Twickenham, 2016

 

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The modernisation of a Victorian Cottage in Twickenham

The brief for this transformation of a Victorian cottage within a terrace in Twickenham called for an additional bedroom, a new study, and a new bathroom.

The project design approach extended the building outwards into the lengthy, south-facing garden, and upwards to increase the first floor footprint. Such an approach came with two standard problems, which needed addressing throughout the design process: the depth of the floor plan in the property meant a potential lack of natural light mid-plan while planning restrictions on materials within the elements of permitted development may have also led to ad-hoc additive visual outcomes.

By introducing a glass-tread stairway to the loft space, and a new band of glazing recessed into the fabric of the building above the ground floor, light now penetrates through the depth of the plan into a red and white-coloured interior - a palette that compliments the strong black brickwork cascading down the south-facing elevation of the extension. Allowing this brickwork, guided by permitted development restrictions, to translate from the upper elements to the ground floor has unified the building. This, in turn, compliments neighbouring extensions whilst providing an enhancing contribution to the private terrace world.

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  • Completed: Jan 2016
  • Floor area: 136m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £232,977
  • Address: 5 Albion Road, Twickenham, TW2 6QJ, United Kingdom

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