Pattern House

ALEKSA studio, London, 2017


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Stairs to loft 

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  • Stairs to loft    
  • Ground floor kitchen    
  • Ground floor rear extension patio    
  • Ground floor side infill extension    
  • Ground floor kitchen    
  • Ground floor kitchen    
  • Ground floor kitchen    
  • Ground floor kitchen     
  • View through side infill extension    
  • Ground floor living room    
  • Front living room bay    
  • Ground floor stairs    
  • First floor bathroom    
  • First floor study    
  • First floor landing    
  • First floor master bedroom    
  • Loft stairs timber screen    
  • Loft bathroom    
  • Loft bathroom    
  • Loft bathroom vanity unit    
  • ALEKSA studio_Southwark House_Ground floor plan    
  • ALEKSA studio_Southwark House_First floor plan    
  • ALEKSA studio_Southwark House_Loft plan    
  • ALEKSA studio_Southwark House_Long section    
  • ALEKSA studio_Southwark House_Short section    
  • ALEKSA studio_Southwark House_Rear elevation    
  • ALEKSA studio_Southwark House_Loft stairs elevation    
  • Ground floor    
  • View from first floor down into rear patio     
  • View towards existing side patio    
  • Demolition of existing rear kitchen    
  • Demolition of existing rear kitchen    
  • Installation of double soldier brick course    
  • First floor study    
  • First floor study    
  • Erection of ground floor rooflight    
  • Ground floor side infill extension    
  • Loft bathroom tiling    
  • ALEKSA studio_Southwark House_Ground floor bifold doors details    
  • ALEKSA studio_Southwark House_Loft stairs handrail details    
  • ALEKSA studio_Southwark House_Loft bathroom vanity unit    

Refurbishment of a Victorian house for a textile and accessories designer incorporating ground floor side extension and rear roof dormer, located in Larcom Street Conservation area, Southwark.

Designed for textile and accessories designer Carolina Wong, the project aims to reinterpret the notion of the Victorian home by bringing in a palette of rich materials, textures, geometries and shades of colour. The existing end of terrace house was dark, run-down and in need of full refurbishment. In order to maximise daylight and make full use of the outside space on the ground floor, the existing kitchen at the back was demolished and the side infilled with a single storey extension. A large roof light allows for plenty of light in the new open plan dining area and the extension opens up into the patio via glazed doors creating a continuous transition between inside and outside. The project also features a new rear roof dormer extension occupied by a master bathroom with white-washed timber battens creating an ephemeral screen concealing the stairs to the bedroom. Bespoke joinery featuring brass elements, stained birch ply and marble creates plenty of storage space throughout the house and echoes the Victorian attention to detail. In addition to the new extensions, the house has been fully refurbished internally. Colours and patterns have been key design motives - each area in the house is characterised by different details and surface materials creating a unique experience. The living area features oak floor planks in three shades laid in a herringbone pattern, the kitchen and patio flooring comprises two shades of porcelain tiles in four different textures, in the loft bathroom marble tiles and stained oak planks are used to differentiate between wet and dry zones. The house is full of bespoke beautifully crafted features - some of the fittings were even made by local artisans in Morocco.


  • Begun: Nov 2016
  • Completed: Aug 2017
  • Floor area: 130m2
  • Sectors: Residential, House
  • Total cost: £200,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Sep 2016
  • Procurement: Traditional procurement; JCT Minor Works Building Contract 2011
  • Address: London, United Kingdom

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