This 280 m2 project demonstrates the value in questioning the brief creatively and constructively in collaboration with the client.


Originally wanting simply to refurbish the ground floor of this end-of-terrace family home on an awkward triangular site, the client ended up reconfiguring and extending the whole building for an end result that perfectly married practical need to beauty.


As they said, “Coffey Architects’ particular skill was helping us to express what we wanted by challenging our preconceptions and so understand what was possible.


Our final design resolved problems with the internal layout – especially the connection between the second floor and lower floors – and the perceived security issues about the clients’ children being able to play safely in the garden.


With extensions to the front, rear and roof, and by rearranging the entrance sequence and vertical circulation, the design also brought light and long views into the house. The central plywood and aluminium ‘folded’ sculptural feature links circulation, making a pleasingly homogeneous internal space.

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Project credits


  • Architect: George Morgan


  • 2013 RIBA Awards London - shortlist
  • 2012 Homebuilding & Renovating Awards, Best Renovation


  • Structural: Elliott Wood
  • Building Control: MLM

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