Highbury / House extension and refurbishment
Location:Calabria Road, London N5
Project Architect:Ben Ridley
Architectural services:Outline designs Planning application Detailed design Building regulations consent Construction drawings Tender documents Contract administration Interior design Site visits
This house extension and refurbishment in Highbury, North London transforms a Victorian terraced house in a conservation area. The brief was to create open plan spaces with an improved relationship to the garden, and a kitchen that could be enjoyed as a social space. The original kitchen was dark, and had a very low ceiling height of 2.1m.
The works included the demolition of the poor quality conservatory and the original rear rooms at both ground and first floors. This allowed a double height space to be created in the new kitchen. A bespoke polished stainless steel chandelier was created in the double height area to add drama and emphasise the verticality of this space. Polished stainless finishes are continued internally with a recessed stainless display case and externally with cladding details. Tall, 3.1m fine line glass doors allow uninterrupted views outside, and a sculpted ceiling profile with radius plasterwork leads the eye toward the garden.
The garden design features a bespoke timber fence with planters in limestone. An external polished concrete deck provides a uniform textured surface that continues from the kitchen, and matches the pre-cast polished concrete cladding of the extension.
Calabria Road has been extensively published and was shortlisted for a number of awards:
– Architect’s Journal Small Projects Awards 2015
– Architect’s Journal Retrofit Awards 2015
– New London Architecture: Don’t Move Improve Awards 2016
– Featured on Dezeen.