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Can you extend an extension?

[Y/N] Studio were asked to consider how to extend an apartment that is part of an extension to a former industrial building which houses a mix of uses. The existing home was built from cross laminated timber (CLT) which presented both challenges and opportunities for the design.

The proposal aims to maximise the potential of the one apartment to transform it into a well-lit and naturally ventilated two-bedroom home. The existing pitched roof is raised and modified to form a monopitch which rests on the existing structure and creates an additional floor. At the lowest part of the roof a void space creates opportunities for natural light and ventilation to the living space below.

The upper floor of the new layout provides a relocated master bedroom at the upper floor with an ensuite and a smaller bedroom which can also function as a study. Pocket ventilation panels allows for cross ventilation between the clerestory windows at the north and south sides reducing overheating in summer and creating a unique and well lit double height space below. At the lower floor this gives the opportunity for a more generous open plan living and dining area. New pocket doors allow the space to feel open but provide the opportunity to close if off when desired.

Throughout the home there are joyful moments designed to stimulate and inspire the clients who both work from home. The new staircase is designed as a piece of joinery that has shelving to display books and records and an integrated desk space to allow for video calls. At the upper floor a net hammock is installed to create a reading area with spectacular view over Hackney.Finally in the master bedroom a large circular window frames views of passing clouds while retaining the flexibility of the space for future re-use.

Darnley Road 
Location: Hackney, London
Type: Residential
Size: 81m2
Client: Confidential
Status: Planning
Date: 2023-
Architect: [Y/N] Studio
Project Team: Alex Smith, Elena Gruber
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers