A HOUSE EXTENSION WITH TEXTURE, COLOUR AND FUN
Roof & Façade
This is a quirky house, an Edwardian terrace which has been sliced off at an angle by the adjoining road, resulting in an unusual internal layout and a very small kitchen which is rather out of balance with the rest of the house.
In consultation with the client, Pamphilon Architects proposed an area that gave her the additional space she needed whilst not destroying the character of the original house. In particular, they did not want the extension to intrude on the dining room which already felt perfectly formed with its original stain glass doors leading out onto the patio. This meant keeping the volume of the extension as compact as possible. It was decided that the height of the extension should be defined by lining up the parapet with the top of the red brick header above the patio doors. This helped to tie in the composition of the new with the old.
“We felt that a brick addition would be the most sensitive extension to the original building and knew that we wanted a red brick in order to complement the existing red brick headers above the patio doors and red bricks of the chimney and side elevations.”
The client, Lisa is a fashion designer and has a love of texture, colour and fun, which the architects wanted to convey within the project. Having chosen to keep the extension compact, they wanted the extension to be as ‘jewel’ like as possible while being very careful to keep to the tight budget.
A red brick with lovely crumbly texture and uneven surface with extrovert blotches of colour was chosen. In addition, a white mortar with a crumbly texture complements the red bricks perfectly, softening them and helping them to blend in with the main building.
“This project was a true collaboration between ourselves and our client and has been great fun and most importantly, Lisa is delighted with her extension and new kitchen!”
Project nameLacy Brick, London, UK
Terca Hectic red
Year of completion2016