PARK ROAD, CHISWICK
A striking remodelling of a 1920s house with excellent environmental credentials.
Commissioned by a couple who wanted to make the most of their 1920s house and garden, the project radically extends and re-configures the house. The brief was primarily to open up the small-scale segregated living spaces to the garden with a bold extension, whilst also retaining some of the charm of the existing building.
In response, we developed a rear and side addition clad with glass reinforced concrete panels which were light-weight and could be manufactured to specific colours and sizes. Over 120 panels were used in a vertical pattern becoming lighter towards the sky, and carefully arranged to fit with bespoke European oak windows and sliding doors. To the rear these form a striking new element, whilst from the street just a glimpse can be seen behind a high white wall to the side of the house.
Internally, a new kitchen and extended living room form a spacious ‘S’ shaped space, with large triple sliding doors opening to a decked area with a concrete BBQ alongside. The floor of the kitchen is covered with yellow, white and grey tiles in a bespoke tessellated pattern, hiding an electric hatch opening to a wine cellar below. In the living room the existing pine parquet floor was extended into the new space. Upstairs a frameless glass box floods the circulation corridor with light and links to a new bedroom, dressing room and bathroom with its own timber clad secret terrace.
The environmental strategy for the project, significantly increasing the energy efficiency of the house. The glass box contributes by acting as a solar collector, with hot air distributed throughout the house by a heat recovery system. Solar water heating and photovoltaic panels were installed and a recycled water tank placed in the old cellar provides water for the garden. Insulation was specified to be more than 20% above regulations.
At the bottom of the garden is an intriguing shed which is faced with polished stainless steel to reflect the greenery. It is built from roof joists, partition studs and old roof boards which would otherwise have been thrown away.
In collaboration with Ramses Frederickx.
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