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Can a rooftop extension made from sustainable materials celebrate the existing character of a Victorian home?

[Y/N] Studio were asked to consider how to extend and improve a traditional victorian terraced house in Hackney, UK. The home is intended for a growing family that is open to bespoke solutions tailored to their particular needs and tastes, especially in regards to sustainability. The scheme aims to use natural and renewable materials where possible to improve the overall environmental performance of the house.

The loft extension provides a new stair with master bedroom, shower room and study, creating a harmonious, light filled addition to previously dark spaces. The use of timber across the rooms creates a seamless transition from the new stair lobby to the bedrooms forming the floor, panelling, joists and doors as well as integrated furniture, creating a warm feeling between the new spaces. A new skylight at the top of the lobby provides additional light to the home.

Externally to suit the existing buildings dark painted decorative window reveals and weathered London stock brickwork, the new facade elements are to be clad in recycled plastic tiles which resemble the appearance of natural slates. New double glazed windows will be finished externally in dark PPC metal. To create an overall more the sustainable solution than typical alternatives.

Coopersale Road
Location: Hackney, London
Type: Residential, Extension
Size: 32m2
Client: Confidential
Status: Stage 4
Date: 2021-

Architect: [Y/N] Studio

Project Team: Alex Smith, Maegan Icke
Structural Engineer: Simple Works
Main Contractor: -