Awards: BD Awards 2019 shortlisted for the category “Individual House”
Owen Architects were appointed to refurbish and extend a 5-bedroom Neo-Georgian property in South London. The house is located in the Dulwich Village Conservation Area within the Dulwich Estate.
The client brief comprised of the reconfiguration of the existing house to improve the circulation, the addition of an extension to enhance the quality of the living spaces as well as the design of bespoke pieces of joinery to display the client’s art collection.
The existing house was demolished, only retaining the two facades contributing to the historical context of the area, and designed for the use of a person in care, with fully accessible bathrooms and a residential lift.
Reused and reclaimed bricks have been carefully selected for the reconstruction of the Neo-Georgian house to blend in with the retained historical facades.
Stone, render and full height glazing have been chosen for the rear extension in a subtle contrasting design to the more traditional features of the main house, deemed to reflect the family’s contemporary lifestyle.
The ground floor is organised around a curved central spine and staircase adding a playful connection to the upper floors as well as enhancing the spaciousness of the house by creating a three storey high void. Pocket doors keep the circulation open between each area. The new rear extension serves as a visual and spatial connection between the house and the garden through high ceilings and full height glazing. Courtyards have been placed on either side of the extension, bringing light and nature to the kitchen/living space. The new extension is fitted with a green roof providing a wildlife habitat.