Studio Octopi has taken the wraps off this refurbishment and extension of a house in Primrose Hill, North London
The house, which had previously been modified back in the eighties, suffered from a fragmented plan, low ceiling heights and poor connectivity between its living spaces.
Studio Octopi’s 250m2 scheme slots a 10m-tall glass extension inbetween the house and the neighbouring property.
The façade of the extension has been made up of two sash windows which give views into a double height dining area at the basement level and an ensuite at the first floor.
Ground floor plan
First floor plan
Second floor plan
Third floor plan
In 2013 we were appointed to recapture and preserve the original proportions of the period terrace, whilst reinterpreting the layout to suit modern family living.
A 10m high glass infill extension slots between the reconfigured existing closet wing and the neighbouring property, divided as two sash windows, it forms a double height dining area at basement level and a master ensuite at first floor. An open tread stair allows views to stretch from the basement across the double height space to the first floor.
The closet wing, which was extended in brick; enabled the upper floors to be remodelled with increased head height. The new windows take reference from the adjoining property; whilst at basement level a 6m pivot door provides access to the patio garden.
A polished concrete floor in the basement extends out to the garden where a green wall allows maximum use of the terrace for entertaining.
Location Primrose Hill, North London
Type of project refurbishment and extension
Architect Studio Octopi
Structural engineer Built Engineers
Quantity surveyor Listers Chartered Quantity Surveyors
Main contractor GMS Building
Completion date 2015
Contract duration 12 months
Gross internal floor area 250m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Minor Works with Contractors Design
Total cost confidential