MODERN SIDE EXTENSION

MODERN SIDE EXTENSION

The clients of the Modern Side Extension found themselves in a position common to countless thousands of other people in the UK, which makes the house we designed for them of generic value to others. Living in a three-bedroom terraced house, they wanted to expand and remodel for open-plan living on a limited budget. They especially wanted to avoid the cold and clinical aesthetic of many contemporary homes.

Conservation area-friendly brick, glass and bi-fold doors unite in a complex three-dimensional composition. Respectful to neighbours, the Modern Side Extension shows that the smallest architectural projects can be transformational.

Inside, the materials – polished concrete floors, brick, European oak and white sprayed MDF joinery – are warm and unostentatious. Bi‐fold doors and frameless rooflight glazing dissolves the distinction between inside and out and allow light deep into the property.

The Modern Side Extension is a homely and uncompromisingly modern answer to the question of how to extend a terraced home.

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Project credits

Team

  • Associate: Eoin O'Leary
  • Architect: Andrea Ruffilli

Awards

  • 2016 Stephen Lawrence Prize - Shortlist
  • 2016 RIBA Awards London
  • 2015 Retrofit Awards, Best House under £300K
  • 2015 AJ Small Projects Awards - Shortlist

Consultants

  • Structural: Karl Lang
  • Building Control: Head Projects
  • Party Wall: Alexander Elliotts

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