This minimalist dwelling in London renovated by McLaren Excell architects combines the rawness of concrete and warmness of the wood in most delightful way. The quest for the architects was to extend and refurbish Victorian terraced home of Kate and Evan Thompson for their growing family using unexpected palette of materials. Beside ground flour extension, architects were in charge of building a new storey at the top of the house.
“Concrete was chosen primarily for its aesthetic qualities but the opportunity to build in high thermal mass and develop free-form structures became increasingly important considerations as the project progressed,” say the architects. Concrete corners, benches and windows seats projecting into garden were designed with a young family in mind, to become places that accommodate daily activities of both children and adults. Since the budget didn’t allow outsourced custom-made kitchen, architects did all the work themselves. As the contrast to cool and smooth surface of concrete, interior joinery fronts are made from Grey Elm and ground extension is combination of rusted steel and glass.
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