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Charlotte Road by Azman Architects

A rooftop extension rounds off this three-bedroom home in an old warehouse in east London by Azman Architects

Azman Architects was first appointed to work on 18 Charlotte Road in east London – a disused warehouse which had been squatted for several years – in 2000. We refurbished the five-storey building, creating a retail unit on the ground floor with offices and live/work units on the floors above. This project completed in 2001.

In 2010 we were again commissioned to work on 18 Charlotte Road, this time to expand the top floor live/work unit into a three-bedroom home with the addition of a rooftop extension. Designed to minimise its visibility from the street, the extension is set back from the edge of the building and slanted from one side. The external walls and roof are finished in standing-seam zinc cladding with aluminium doors to the front and rear terraces.

This new space contains the home’s living area, which has access to the roof terraces and views towards the City, while the bedrooms are on the lower floor. Internally, the original fabric of this early 20th-century warehouse has been retained where possible, with existing brick walls and concrete lintels left exposed. The finishes and fittings for the bathrooms and kitchen complement the existing warehouse.

  • Tomasz Gorawski, project architect, Azman Architects

Charlotte Road by Azman Architects

Project data

Start on site June 2013
Completion March 2014
Gross internal floor area 140m2
Total cost £500,000
Form of contract JCT Minor Works 2011 with contractor’s design portion
Client Private
Architect Azman Architects
Structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan
Party wall surveyor Leach & Co
Building inspector Approved Design
Sustainability consultant FES
Main contractor Famella Building Contractors

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