Founded by Ben Ridley in 2009, Architecture for London is a collaborative, innovative, informed and aspirational studio, which aim is to improve people’s lives by reimagining the city in which we work, live and play. Environmental impact is a key consideration in their work: they take a research-based, fabric first approach to sustainability that carefully considers the embodied energy of materials and the energy performance of our buildings in use. One of their project is the refurbishment and two-storey extension to a house in Brook Green.

The lower ground floor previously suffered from low ceiling heights, poor natural light and convoluted access from the floor above. The aim was to create a generous volume for living and entertaining.
A timber stair now descends through a newly created double height space to form a dramatic entrance. The entire lower ground floor is finished in end-grain parquet blocks. Full-width timber framed sliding doors lead to the garden, which is newly landscaped in Portland Roach stone. A master suite is created over the first floor, with a generous dressing room and ensuite bathroom. Full height doors and cupboards celebrate the high ceilings at this level. Douglas fir joinery is used throughout the house to create a consistent colour palette, yet with subtly contrasting timber cut and grain varieties.

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