Reading Room

STUDIOCARVER, London , 2016


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Side extension to a 1950s end of terrace

The project brief was to design a reading room and home office for a retired couple's 1950s end of terrace house. The challenge was to create a spacious and light filled extension within a confined North London garden that was both sympathetic to the original house and a characterful addition to the property.

The project is designed around a large picture window projecting out into the patio and garden. The new study encloses against an existing garden wall with bespoke joinery and desks carefully integrated in the building form, providing a home for the client's extensive collection of books. The result is a tranquil space for work and reflection.

A folding façade of glass and oak clads the extension and wraps back against the existing house tying together old and new. Oak lining internally establishes a continuity of materials inside and out and draws the occupant’s views out into the garden.


  • Begun: Nov 2015
  • Completed: Apr 2016
  • Floor area: 17m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £90,000
  • Funding: private
  • Tender date: Jul 2015
  • Procurement: traditional
  • Address: 1 Village Close, , Belsize Lane, , London , NW3 5AH, United Kingdom

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