The main new elements of the project are a kitchen extension at ground level, an additional bedroom and an en-suite bathroom excavated at lower ground level as well as a new study, all orientated around new landscaped external spaces.
MANY REASONS TO CHOOSE BRICK
The external expression of the project is primarily through the use of white glazed brick. This selection was driven by three main factors:
- The brick fits into the existing context of brick buildings and garden walls.
- The reflective qualities of the new brick maximizes the daylight entering the lower ground spaces, helping to amplify and bounce natural light around the lower level courtyard, whilst the white colour serves to visually connect the new extension with the stucco base of the old listed building and the faded white-painted garden wall.
- The glazed brick was also important to the client in personalizing the project.
INTERPLAY BETWEEN SOLIDITY AND TRANSPARENCY
The new brickwork is conceived as a monolithic sculpted form and translates vertically into a composition of slender piers whose orientation create a dynamic interplay between solidity and transparency, while maintaining long views from the reception and study spaces through to the garden. A single cut away corner brings light into the bedroom and connects it with the lower ground courtyard. Large window and door openings connect the kitchen to the rear garden.
A SPECIAL MORTAR
The mortar colour was developed and agreed in a collaborative craft-based relationship with the contractor on site. Dyed mortal samples with relatively high cement content were produced to archieve a light grey appearance.
Our client writes that the finished project fulfils all their criteria even more beautifully than we had imagined … we adore our transformed flat and look forward to enjoying it for many years to come.
Project nameBrooksby, London, United Kingdom
ArchitectLlowarch Llowarch Architects (LLA)
Terca white glazed
Year of completion2015