This new ground floor extension has rejuvenated an existing four-storey semi detached Victorian property in Highgate, allowing the house to meet the owner’s requirements and vastly improving its functionality. The project replaces an existing dilapidated extension and accommodates a contemporary family lifestyle within a heritage property.
Two glazed sliding doors transform the house and its relation to the garden, creating connectivity with the garden from the house and blurring the boundaries between inside and outside. A step in the façade allows a pond to give the impression that it is inside the house from several perspectives.
Housing a new kitchen and dining space, the zinc-clad extension compliments both the existing house and its surrounds. The roof descends toward the site’s boundaries to minimise its visual impact and break down the open plan layout into different volumetric spaces. Roof lights mimic a previous extension and frame views of the sky, while flooding the extension with natural light.
The design’s planted green roof not only increases the house’s thermal properties, but also reiterates the design’s focus of nature. As the roof is itself partially used for a first floor terrace, the importance of how the extension visually blends in with the surrounds when viewed from above was imperative.
The client’s personality and ambition stands out in the unique extension, with a constant dialogue between homeowner and architect proving critical to the end design. A client-owned flamingo mural and pond design was incorporated into the project and help define its atmosphere.