Direct commission for a new extension and full refurbishment of a two-floor flat in a sensitive location in a conservation area in Islington, surrounded by listed Georgian buildings. The new Corten-clad extension replaces a garage unit, and for the first time gives the flat its own address and front door via the new façade.
The new extension also increases the internal accommodation, making the flat into a generous two-bedroom flat intended for sale to young professionals. The entrance lobby, new bedroom suite and kitchen all face onto the new larch-lined courtyard, accessed via sliding doors. Vertical planting on the south-facing wall of the protected courtyard provides an attractive, peaceful oasis in this busy urban location.
A strategy of calm internal refurbishment and re-servicing retains the period character of the original building, whilst providing a clean and contemporary setting for new occupants to make their own. Painted original floorboards reflect light from large windows giving the main spaces a bright character, with varied views to courtyard garden and street.