A ‘broken’ plan
Location: London, NW3
Extension of an Edwardian semi detached house
Why? Our clients purchased a large renovated house, however they were unhappy the level of separation between the main living spaces and felt that the house was too formal in its design to suit their more casual lifestyle. They wanted to create a more connected casual feel, without completely losing a level of separation – which was the main design challenge for this project. The introduction of several design elements in strategic locations created a visual and physical connection between spaces. A large window seat between the kitchen and living room, is a space in its own as well as providing visual connection to the garden, kitchen and living room. The kitchen worktop seamlessly flows into the patio forming a BBQ area under the overhang of the roof bringing the inside out. The extension itself has plenty of windows and the main doors slide completely into the wall, which is another indoor-outdoor connection. Another ambition was to design a distinctly modern and large ground floor extension while respecting and complementing the exiting period build of the main house. The choice of white bricks of the same size and Flemish bound as the main house helped to maintain a degree of continuity between old and new, while the fluidity of form and green sedum roof extension kept the design distinctly different.