House, Golders Hill
This is a semi detached property in the Arts and Crafts style,
located within a quiet residential street close to Golders Hill
Park. The site slopes very markedly through the house, such
that the ground floor is raised two metres above the rear garden
level, with a low ceilinged cellar inserted beneath the ground
floor accessed from the rear garden.
The existing house had a coherent front elevation but at the
rear a series of ad hoc additions had resulted in a chaotic and
spectacularly ugly appearance, with a very poor connection between
the house and the garden.
The design solution extends the cellar and converts it into a
playroom accessing onto the garden and fully integrated into the
main house by means of a new internal stair. The roof of this
extension becomes a terrace, providing a new external space
accessible from the principal floor of the house.