Sunken steel-clad Brexit Bunker built in garden of London house

Rise Design Studio has sunk a weathered steel-clad extension in the garden of a London house as a sanctuary from the UK’s Brexit-dominated political climate. Dubbed the Brexit Bunker, the small studio provides a place to work or relax. Hot-rolled steel, the same material used in the construction of the railway track directly behind the […]

Reading nook and a hidden room added in London house extension

Architecture practice Thomas-McBrien extended a London house, adding a oak-lined reading nook and a utility room hidden behind a secret door along with a kitchen and dining space. Pale, mortar-washed brick and lightly washed oak joinery were used, said the studio, to create a “calm and relaxing” space. Called Dollis Hill Avenue, the project occupies […]

Black-painted larch planks clad extension to a house in London

Larch planks finished with matt black barn paint were used to clad this extension of a Victorian terrace in London, designed by architect Harry Thomson. Fittingly named A House for Four, the project provides additional spaces for a couple and their two children. The existing dining space has been extended out into the garden, and a […]

Flow Architecture lines stairwell of London house conversion with timber slats

Flow Architecture and Maria Grazia Savito Architects have wrapped timber slats around the lightwell of a Victorian house conversion in Kensington, London. Called Light Falls, the project involved the complete remodelling of a 19th century end-of-terrace, stacking its living spaces on top of each other to maximise natural light. Due to its location in the […]

TBA adds cedar-clad extension to white farmhouse in Quebec

Montreal studio Thomas Balaban Architect has turned a gabled farmhouse in Quebec’s Eastern Townships completely white, and then contrasted it with an extension covered in weathered cedar cladding. The Knowlton Residence is located in rural Canada, a few hours outside of Montreal, in a popular ski destination. The clients enlisted the architects to turn their […]

FAR adds studio with corrugated plastic door to artist’s Los Angeles residence

This artist’s studio, which architecture firm FAR has added to a Los Angeles house, includes a large polycarbonate door that folds in half and a rooftop covered in blue tiles. The Mount Washington Studio was designed for Los Angeles artist Kim Schoen to accompany her home nestled into a steeply sloped site in Mount Washington. […]

NOARQ renovates stone villa in Portugal with bright red details

Architecture studio NOARQ has extended a stone villa in Portugal with a bright red cabin perched on thick blocks of granite above the entrance. Located in the town of Vila Nova de Famalicão, the house sits directly alongside a road with a site that steps down to the south, where it overlooks a green landscape […]

Proctor & Shaw use faceted 3D tiles to create “rhythmic” London house extension

Angular three-dimensional tiles have been used to create textural interest inside and out at this south London house extension, designed by architecture studio Proctor & Shaw. Tile House is located in the neighbourhood of Clapham and has been overhauled by locally-based studio Proctor & Shaw to boast a “subtly complex display of pattern and ornamentation”. […]

Materials unite old and new living spaces inside De Beauvoir Townhouse

Brickwork, terrazzo surfaces and green-hued furnishings add character to the interiors of this east London townhouse, which has been renovated and extended by architecture studio HÛT. De Beauvoir Townhouse was previously host to dark and disconnected living spaces that were undesirable to its creative owners – a musician and a furniture designer. For the overhaul […]

Matt Gibson extends Melbourne terrace with glazed kitchen undercroft

Matt Gibson Architecture + Design has adapted a heritage-listed Victorian house in Melbourne by “weaving” a modern programme into the existing red-brick shell. The studio has refurbished a 19th century house and added a two-storey rear extension made from brick and glass. The home been longlisted in this year’s Dezeen Awards in the Residential rebirth category. […]

Graphic details appear inside north London’s House for a Stationer

Architecture for London has designed the interiors of this north London extension to appear “like a neatly ruled grid in a notebook”, hinting at the professions of its two inhabitants. Set on a terrace of Victorian properties in Islington, House for a Stationer has been designed with details that subtly nod to the occupations of […]

Steel exoskeleton covers timber extension to Australian bungalow

Takt Studio has added an extension with a steel exoskeleton and sloping roof to a 1950s brick bungalow in the foothills of the Illawarra mountains in Australia. Called Exoskeleton House, the extension has a timber frame which is encased in a steel-frame shell. It abuts the north side of the original house, where it has […]

Rise Design Studio adds Douglas fir-lined reading nooks to London house

Rise Design Studio has completed an extension for a house in London, cladding the interiors in Douglas fir and creating a reading nooks in windows. Named Douglas House on account of its extensive use of the wood, the only elements of the original house in Kensal Rise that remain are the front and side masonry walls. […]

Kruchin Arquitetura adds concrete library to Capobianco House in São Paulo

Brazilian firm Kruchin Arquitetura has added a concrete and glass extension to a family dwelling it completed in São Paulo over three decades ago. Local studio Kruchin Arquitetura designed the extension for Capobianco House, a residence it completed in the Brazilian city in 1986 for a couple with a daughter. Measuring 224 square metres, the […]

Hackney House features black joinery and a back-garden sauna

A glazed extension helped London-based Applied Studio brighten the light-starved interiors of this Hackney home, which boasts black-timber decor details and a sauna in the back garden. Hackney House formerly hosted a series of dark and poky rooms but has been overhauled by Applied Studio to comfortably accommodate its owners – a young couple who purchased […]

Con Form Architects opens up loft with a glass and steel dormer

Con Form Architects has converted a small London loft into a bright home office by inserting a glazed section with a large steel dormer window. Called Domore – a portmanteaux of “dormer” and “more” – the loft conversion has turned a difficult, low-ceilinged space into a bright workspace for the client, who has started to work […]

Fraher & Findlay adds wildflower-topped extension to London house

Fraher & Findlay has built a wildflower-topped rear extension, a glass-walled courtyard and a loft extension for a 20th-century house in London. Architecture studio Fraher & Findlay‘s design for The Courtyard House draws on the history of its south west London conservation area site. In the 19th century it would have been occupied by orchards […]

WE-S Architecten adds diagonal brick extension to Belgian bungalow

A long, thin extension clad in bricks by WE-S Architecten cuts diagonally through the plan of this bungalow in Pittem, Belgium. Ghent-based studio WE-S Architecten disguised the addition, which extends out of both sides of the existing building, by cladding the whole of the facade in red brick. Cut-out reveals of the garage space and […]

Wenink Holtkamp Architecten turns De Lakfabriek tannery into apartments

Wenink Holtkamp Architecten has converted De Lakfabriek, a 20th-century factory, into 25 industrial apartments in Oisterwijk, the Netherlands. The Eindhoven-based studio has renovated the existing red brick building and added a black timber-clad extension to its roof. “One of the biggest challenge for us was to shape the roof extension in such a way that it […]

Morales Finch converts old Scottish barn into artist’s residence and studio

Belgian studio Morales Finch has transformed a 200-year-old barn in the Scottish Highlands into a studio for a painter and other artists in residence, called Aviemore Studio. The former agricultural store is located beside the Spey River, on the outskirts of the town of Aviemore. As one of the most sparsely populated regions in Europe, […]

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