House for Two Artists
A finely crafted family home
This project for two artists and their young family involves the extension and refurbishment of an Edwardian house in West London. The house lies within the Queen’s Park Conservation Area, meaning that a sensitive and contextual design was needed whilst upgrading it to provide for contemporary family life.
The ground floor areas of the existing house have been opened up towards the rear into an expanded kitchen dining room. The new family living space allows light and views to penetrate through the depth of the house. A top-lit library space helps to connect the front rooms of the house through the existing French windows, into a new side extension. Colour and materiality are important to the interior. Crisp, oak furniture and smooth bright colours meet existing stained or painted brickwork alongside bare, white and tiled walls. A polished concrete floor contributes to the durable but refined aesthetic.
Upstairs, a new double bed-shelf with integrated storage and steel ladder makes the most of a small bedroom for a child, increasing its volume by opening up into the roof space.
Externally, our addition sits flush with the rear of the house. New construction meets the existing with a crisp line, indicated by charcoal-dyed bricks to contrast with the historic stock brick façade. The dark bricks are punctuated by elements that connect the new kitchen dining room to the garden. Tall, generous glazed doors open from the kitchen and a hanging, frameless bay window with interior surfaces lined in oak provides a sunny nook to be enjoyed all year round.
- Kilburn, London
- Project type
- Private houses
- Completed 2012