Architecture for London has completed a Kensington house extension and refurbishment in the Woodford Square estate, in the borough of Kensington & Chelsea. The estate was built in the 1960’s to designs by Fry, Drew & Partners, and features red brick terraces surrounded by landscaped, tree-lined gardens.
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Original architectural details include white painted shiplap timber, blue tiles to doorways and oak garage doors at the ground floor of each house. Protruding bays supported by slender white columns are found in each property at the end of a terrace. The houses share many details to create a uniform architectural language, with only subtle differences between each property. The estate is part of the wider Holland Park Conservation Area.
To accommodate a growing family, the house required a full programme of refurbishment, with new bathrooms, kitchen, services and finishes throughout. The original 1960’s stair was of little merit and created an inefficient plan with significant space wasted in circulation on each floor. AFL designed a new stair that resulted in efficient circulation spaces on each floor, allowing the house to reconfigured at all levels to better use the valuable floor area.
The rear extension allows a new kitchen, dining and social space to be created. As an end of terrace, the house has gardens on two sides. A large frameless window was inserted into the flank wall, improving both natural light and views of the garden.
Project architect: Amrit Marway
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