Location: London, United Kingdom
Project Year: 2016
Photo: Jim Stephenson
Victorian loft architecture transformed into an oasis of relaxation in the southern part of London by A Small Studio.
Velux window, with a thick black frame views of the garden from the reading room — one of three new attic spaces created by the studio. Reading room is the focal point of the house, set up for a family that would like to add space for privacy.
Space and the maximum daylight are critical factors in the design of the house.
Small Studio converted the existing area of the roof and added three dormer windows, coated with zinc, with a distance of 25 centimeters between them. Every window overlooks the back garden and the hills. One of these spaces is designed as a reading area together with a rocking chair.
The renovation includes a new rear extension that is subservient to the original house in terms of its proportions. From a style perspective the Victorian vernacular is maintained throughout the front. However, it is contrasted with a clean, modern extension at the rear that attracts light and maximizes the potential of the unique views into a newly created ‘urban oasis’. The entire ground floor has been demolished and the circulation is being changed to flood the entire space with natural daylight.