Out of the Box

Year

2022

Status

Completed

Location

Canonbury, N1

We were approached by our client, a young couple who were looking to update a heritage Canonbury house to reflect their modern lifestyle. The original property was a compact unit with a traditional boxy conservatory, awkwardly arranged so that the areas where the family spent more time were dark and disconnected from the garden.

The homeowners were also keen to use the renovation as an opportunity to totally update the bedrooms and bathrooms of the house. In spite of the heritage surroundings, the brief called for a total rethink of the traditional idea of a conservatory. It was crucial to look for a new perspective on the glass extension while still appreciating the beauty and value of its original intention.

The main aim of the proposal was to reorganize the social spaces of the house, opening the “day spaces” to the garden and the sun but placing the “cozy evening spaces” in the darker parts of the house. Simply by movingthe main family gathering area (the kitchen and dining space) towards the rear of the house, it immediately became a light and airy space connected to the garden.

A new bespoke conservatory is built to replace the old one. Designed to capture light and reach out to the garden, the glass extension is framed with a series of arches at different heights. This device also helps create distinctive areas internally and externally, adjusting to the bespoke needs of the family. 

Photography: Matt Clayton

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