Highgate house extension - Architecture for London

This house extension improves a late Victorian property in Highgate. The design stems from a desire to create an inverted architecture and landscape: one that might appear to have been excavated from an existing solid rather than constructed from the ground up.


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The rear extension creates a large family room, with open plan kitchen and dining areas. Colour matched mortar throughout unifies red brick surfaces, suggesting continuous volumes by blurring the distinction between individual bricks. A limewash treatment to interior surfaces gives further consistency.

Highgate house extension and basement in north London N6

Brick extends into a new basement extension and also forms the garden landscaping, linking interior and exterior. A void creates a generous double height volume to the basement, flooding the space with natural light. A lightwell is also created under the front bay window. The large basement creates three new bedrooms, a second family bathroom, utility and playroom.

Architect designed Highgate house extension and basement, London

A timber and terrazzo ‘tray’ is inserted at ground floor and forms the kitchen and joinery. Colour matched rose balustrades complete the limited material palette externally.┬áThe formal reception room to the front of the property is left as a distinct space and here original Victorian details are refurbished.

Highgate basement extension in brick by Architecture for London in Highgate

Project Architect:
Ben Ridley, Amrit Marway

Structural Engineer:
Structure Mode

Location:
Talbot Road, Highgate N6

Precedent image: brick landscape Highgate house