Reclaimed bricks and large windows define the side and rear extensions that London practice Rise Design Studio has added to a mid-terrace Victorian house in Queen’s Park.
Named Queen’s Park House, the residence in northwest London was extended and renovated to maximise space, natural light and views out to its garden.
Rise Design Studio‘s design saw the addition of two brick volumes – one to the side and one to the rear – in addition to light wells that help illuminate the home’s deep plan.
These interventions aim to be sympathetic to the home’s original architecture while opening up its interior and introducing pockets of privacy for the family members.
“It was important to make sure you can see the garden throughout the interior space of the long narrow ground floor plan,” explained Rise Design Studio director Sean Ronnie Hill.
“We created two lightwells and large openings, creating a visual connection to the strawberry trees,” he continued.
On entering, Queen’s Park House’s refurbished hallway features ceramic tiles, decorative cornices and a ceiling rose that nod to the heritage of the period home, while a distinctive gold light fixture hints at the contemporary extension beyond.
The ground floor plan opens up to the rear, stepping down into a light-filled kitchen and dining space with views of the garden.
The extension is characterised by a tactile material palette including earthy reclaimed bricks and wood with a deep blue satin paint finish.
A polished concrete floor is used to blur the boundary between the inside and outside, furthering the home’s connection to the outside.
“The monolithic polished concrete floor throughout the kitchen, dining spaces as well as the rear patio was to help with the feeling of connection between the exterior and internal spaces,” said Rise Design Studio.
Throughout the project, the brick is used to create a seamless transition between the old and the new elements.
The side and rear extensions are finished internally with reclaimed bricks that were carefully selected to match the existing brickwork at Queen’s Park House.
These bricks extend along one side of the new space, forming a continuous plane that is punctured with glazed openings. A concealed door and cabinet are clad in the same brick, camouflaging as part of the wall when closed.
Crafted by a local joiner, the kitchen includes wooden units, teamed with a brass-mesh sliding door that covers a wine fridge and coffee machine.
On the first floor, a sculptural stair of black metal and timber has been added, forming the focal point of a double-height library with metal bookshelves. This leads to the new main bedroom on the second floor.
To improve the energy performance of the existing Victorian house, the studio added insulation to its walls and upgraded some of its sash windows with double glazing.
Solar panels have also been installed on the green roof of the rear extension.
Rise Design Studio is a London practice founded by Hill in 2011. Queen’s Park House is the latest in a series of extensions it has added to London homes.
The studio previously created the sunken Brexit Bunker and added douglas fir-lined reading nooks to a house in Kensal Rise.
The photography is by French + Tye.
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