Located within the Barnsbury Conservation Area, Islington, the project involved the full refurbishment and two-storey rear extension of a Victorian semi-detached house. Subdivided into two ﬂats, the existing house contained an incongruous and awkward rear return ‘closet wing’ extension which impacted on the ﬂow and usability of the house as a family home.
Through a series of care interventions, AMA sought to reconﬁgure the internal circulation and open up the full width of the house at the rear in order to provide a more generous and light ﬁlled main living/dining space. A new feature slatted timber staircase was inserted to better connect the three ﬂoors while providing a new central focus at the heart of the space.
Externally, the new extension retained a similar pitched roof form to the existing, while unifying the rear elevation as a more coherent composition. A palette of stock brick, natural stone and slate were used to complement the materiality of the original house. Internally, the house was decorated and furnished in a mix of contemporary, mid-century and antique styles that both reﬂect the existing period features of the property as well as the clients’ eclectic taste and inﬂuences from their extensive travels.