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Reading Room Extension in North London, UK

Residence in Belsize Park: UK Property Renewal design by Studio Carver

17 Apr 2018

Design: Studio Carver

Location: Belsize Park, north west London, England, United Kingdom

Reading Room Extension in Belsize Park

Reading Room Extension in North London

Photos © Richard Chivers

Reading Room Extension London

Built from a folding façade of glass and oak cladding, Studio Carver deliver a spacious and light filled extension within a confined north London garden that is a characterful addition to the property and sympathetic to the original house.

Reading Room Extension in North London

The 6 sqm extension is designed around a large picture window projecting out into the patio and garden. The new study encloses against an existing garden wall with bespoke joinery and desks. The soft, minimal façade complements the brickwork of the 1950s property whilst oak lining internally establishes a peaceful continuity of materials inside.

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Rather than break up the canvas of glazing with openings or adjustments, ventilation to the room is brought in via a slit in the adjacent oak cladding. This allows for an an unobstructed stream of light to brighten up the home without the need for energy demanding air conditioning.

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The interiors of Reading Room are created from tableau of oak timber, which form the ample shelving, storage and desk spaces in the study. The continuation of material creates a constant colour palette that blends textures from indoor to outdoor.

An additional skylight at the rear of the study allows for more light to filter down into room, with glass and timber infilling the triangular gap between the existing building and garden wall.

Reading Room Extension in North London

Outside, oak clad planters extend along the garden wall and stitch the building into the existing landscape. The old bricks provide a textured and warm backdrop to the new oak lining, flowers and greenery. A small bench seat set on top of the planters allows occupants to site amongst their flowers and rest against the old garden wall.

Studio Carver founder Keith Carver said of Reading Room: It was really exciting working with David and Frances who have raised three children in the house since the 1970s, improving and extending the property over time to adapt to their family’s changing needs. Now both retired this new change and addition creates a more intimate space just for them, for reading, work and reflection.’

Commenting on Studio Carver’s work homeowner David Turner said “From the start, Keith was dedicated to having a thorough understanding of what we wanted from our new home office. Having worked with many architects in the past, it is rare to find one who really takes the time to listen to their client and who doesn’t impose their own vision of the project. Keith’s ability to listen to us, and his thorough understanding of the brief, has helped us to facilitate our lifestyle change of working from home, and created a pleasing addition to the house.”

Reading Room Extension in North London

Reading Room has been shortlisted for New London Architecture’s Don’t Move, Improve 2018 Awards – showcasing London’s best and most innovative new home extensions.

Reading Room Extension in North London

Reading Room Extension, North London – Building Information

Architecture: Studio Carver
Client: David & Frances Turner
Completed: Summer 2017
Location: Belsize Park, London, United Kingdom
Size: Property 204sqm (extension 6sqm)

Structural Engineer: Elliot Wood Partnership
Party Wall Surveyor: John Reilly
Building Control Inspector: Butler & Young
Main Contractor: Alex Baran Construction
Joinery: Village Cabinets

Reading Room Extension in North London

Photography © Richard Chivers

Reading Room Extension in North London images / information received 170418 from Studio Carver Architects, UK

Location: Belsize Park, London, southeast England, United Kingdom

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