A sliver of glazing stretches all the way up from the ground to the roof of this extension to a west London house, which is named The Lantern in reference to the way it glows at evening (+ slideshow).
The tall window acts as a spacer amongst the brickwork of the authentic residence and the new two-storey extension, which was developed by London studio Fraher Architects.
At evening, it is transformed into a narrow strip of illumination, similar to the glazed panels of a lantern.
“The clientele had lived in Japan for a variety of years and were really keen on architecture that reminded them of their time there,” the architects told Dezeen.
“By distancing the new brickwork away, the unique profile of the present property could even now be observed,” they added.
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“As we were utilizing a materials to match, if we had placed it side by side, the extension would overcrowd the existing constructing and would avoid the historical past of the constructing advancement from being understood.”
The glazed area provides space for the decrease flights of a new dark timber stairwell that connects the upper floors of the unique property. At basement degree, a new two-storey garage is accessed by way of an underground passage.
The basement level also supplies a guest suite and health club, linked to the base of the stairwell and an current kitchen by a tunnel with a glass roof.
The chunky dark timber staircase rises from the basement to the ground-floor living locations and bedrooms on the two proceeding floors, twisting at landings to follow the vertical program of the pane of glass.
The glass extends onto the flat roof of the extension, maximising the natural light offered to a examine beneath and to the upper flights of the stairs, which are set additional back into the original framework.
“The back extension offers a double-height staircase atrium space and properly acts as a lightwell for the rest of the property,” explained the architects.
“Rooms appear into and above this room and so it acts as a visual and spatial tie to connect the vertical nature of the creating.”
A glass door prospects from the side of the effectively at ground level to give outside access to the garage, even though a pair of siding glass doors added to the back wall of the kitchen give accessibility to the backyard.
Photography is by Jack Hobhouse.
Architect: Fraher Architects Ltd
Contractor: Shipshape Building
Structural engineer: Continuous Layout Ltd
Joinery: Fraher and Co
Feature Staircase Lighting: Fraher and Co
Flooring: Wide format Oak flooring from Havwoods
Glass: Meronden Patterns
Audio Visual: Graham
Lower ground and ground floor program Initial and 2nd floor strategy Loft floor program and roof program Segment Dezeen