Skylofts, Greenwich

IMAGOarchitects, London , 2016


Subscribe now to instantly view this image

Subscribe to the Architects’ Journal (AJ) for instant access to the AJ Buildings Library, an online database of nearly 2,000 exemplar buildings in photographs, plans, elevations and details.

Already a subscriber? Sign in


    Download Original


A loft conversion of a family home in Greenwich

The family needed more space for growing children and a working from home mum and views from their house of the 02 drove the desire for loft conversions. However as the house is in a conservation area planning permission was a challenge.

A traditional diminutive dormer in a hipped roof with low headroom would not provide enough usable space. Extending the existing side chimneys to improve draw provides a structural attachment for a larger dormer which looks traditional from the street.

The invisible structural glass dormer roof and rear face provide more habitable space and lots of light and fabulous views.

The plan arrangement follows the height; the shower is in the highest part and the basin and WC under lower ceilings.

The stairs arrive in a high area and allow a clear walk to the desk. The skew of the shower room into the loft space generates a range of eaves storage with LED trim to highlight the dynamic space.

The rear loft is timber framed but with traditional brick clad appearance and is discreetly tucked behind the existing parapet and chimney stack at the rear, again with great views.

High levels of insulation to balance out the glazed areas, and a solar panel look set to save energy and provide a comfortable light filled loft with inspiring views in all directions. And an internal roof blind has been sourced to block the sun on the hottest days.


  • Begun: Jan 2016
  • Completed: Jun 2016
  • Floor area: 52m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £145,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Mar 2015
  • Procurement: Minor works
  • Address: 45 Dinsdale Road, London , SW3 7RJ, United Kingdom

Professional Team