Contemporary Two Storey Extension within Tufnell Park Conservation Area

Situated within the Borough of Islington, the clients brief was to refurbish and extend their basement flat in Tufnell Park Conservation Area in a modern and contemporary solution. Adam Knibb Architects approached the scheme to redesign the entire property to take maximum advantage of the rear garden and also provide a new replacement of the existing run down and badly constructed front extension. Although the building is of traditional design and character, the proposed development has been designed to take a contemporary stance. With focus on materials, sustainability and good design the proposal takes heed of the surroundings by keeping a low height and size, with minimal impact to the neighbouring houses.

The design starts by pulling away from the adjoining building with the use of a full height glass slot window. This division creates a separation between the old and new to make sure the two styles do not clash. By moving the contemporary elements away from the building, the London stock brick monolithic core can make reference back to the main building. The window proportions match that of what is currently visible and punch holes to allow natural light into the plan. 

A nordic brass ‘sleeve’ is then pulled down over the first floor addition to break up what would be an overbearing and bland brick elevation. The standing seam brass sleeve is cut away to reveal the windows and glimpses of the brickwork behind. The use of this material provides a high quality entity for the conservation area.

Internally, the extension provides a master bedroom with en-suite facilities and a powder coated spiral staircase that matches the finish of the windows. Natural light is brought into the space through the slot windows and the frameless skylight whilst the light itself is captured and diffused through the mesh staircase treads creating interesting plays of shadow and light. 

Project details

StatusCompleted 2016
Type Of ProjectResidential - Extension and Refurbishment
Structural engineerEckersley O' Callaghan

 Holloway, London

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