Square One Architects have been involved in the design for a major redevelopment of a single-family house in East Sheen. The client’s aim was to maximise the space at their disposal without subtracting too much from a lovely garden.
This project includes a side and rear extension at ground floor level, a first-floor side infill and a loft extension. The new spaces replaced two small and dark existing rooms previously used as kitchen and dining areas.
A large and bright open-plan kitchen/living/dining space opens to direct views of the garden and a patio which is shared with the side extension. The side extension is used as a self-contained flat for guests and extended family members.
During the daylight analysis and simulation, it became apparent that two skylights and large doors and windows were required to achieve high levels of daylight in the main family space.
This project showcases a ground floor rear extension to a semi-detached 1930's house in Hampton Hill, a suburb of London.
The kitchen and dining room are connected laterally to a new lounge area which creates an open plan space overlooking the garden.
The lounge extension is limited in width to retain a small west facing patio to optimise its sunny disposition in the afternoon.
An environmentally conscious triple glazed window wraps the corner to open the view towards both the rear garden and the side patio.
The panoramic window and a large minimalist detailed skylight offer daylight throughout the space. The amount of optimal daylight received in the extension was simulated with various computer programs and using different daylight metrics.
The new modern lounge extension is designed to subtly mark the difference in architectural languages with the existing house.
"As we had not embarked on an extension before my husband and I wanted to employ a professional to guide us through all the intricacies. Iacopo Sassi of Square One Architects was patient, thoughtful and responsive to our needs and paid great attention to detail. Our builder says his drawings are the most detailed he has ever seen! For a very personal and reliable service we have no hesitation in recommending Square One Architects."
The client’s brief for this project involved a rear extension to the existing house to form a new open space including a kitchen and dining area.
A subtle structural solution allowed to make every support to the existing first floor wall above visually disappear into the ceiling, creating a seamless effect between existing and new. The result is a bright and spacious open space.
The extension feels like an integral part of the existing house, both internally and externally. Materials have been carefully selected to accentuate this sense of continuity with new bricks to match the existing and oak flooring throughout.
Garden Office in Hampton
This garden studio project is aimed to maximise the limited amount of space within the rear garden of a Nineteenth Century terraced house. The presence of a large sliding door and skylight provides ample natural light which highlights the texture of the various internal materials, in particular oak veneer and slate flooring.
The use of Siberian larch slats along the external facades relates, with a modern interpretation, to the materiality of the surrounding timber fences whilst also providing maximum durability throughout the seasons.
The custom cabinetry creates an efficient use of the limited space, integrating a combination of open bookshelves, enclosed upper cabinets as well as computer storage.
The project involves the rear and loft extension of a late 19th Century end of terrace house in Twickenham. Daylight simulations provided the ideal size and position of skylights and windows to give a bright beautiful space to be enjoyed by a young family.
The new layout has relocated the kitchen into the space between the front reception room and the new extension at the rear, liberating useful space near the garden to be used as living and dining area. The kitchen cabinetry is custom designed as part of our integrated design strategy.
“Square One combines sound architectural knowledge with a creative approach to designing spaces. Working with Square One to create our dream home was a pain-free and pleasant experience. They offered us a really personal service to the agreed budget and schedule, and we have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Square One.“
An existing side annexe has been extended and redesigned to provide additional living accommodation for a home in Hampton.
A new roof allows to have a double height space lit from above by two generous skylights that will help define the space and enhance its materials.
A minimal approach streamlines the design of the compact quarters and maximises its utilisation.
"We approached Square One Architects to assist us with our building project, which involved increasing the living space in our bungalow in Hampton through the addition of an annexe. To proceed with confidence we wanted a practice that had local knowledge, experience of working with established builders, and the important RIBA accreditation. Square One Architects helped us not only with design and plans, but also with obtaining the required planning permission, as well as recommending to us structural engineers, party wall agreement surveyors, building control approval, and building firms that had done similar works to clients’ satisfaction. We would be pleased to recommend Square One Architects for building projects."
Square One Architects have been appointed to develop the interior and lighting design of a multi-storey apartment complex in Walthamstow. The project includes the design of 9 high-end flats.
The units vary in size from 1 to 3 bedrooms. The plans optimise the footprint of the building, delivering generous open-space kitchen/living/dining areas towards the main public façade and more private sleeping accommodation at the rear.
Visualisation: Stefano D'Arco
Architect of record: Paul Shekleton
The project involves the refurbishment of an existing coach house, previously used as storage, into a new self contained single family house. A generous bedroom and bathroom are located near the main entrance, whilst the open plan kitchen and living room are placed on the first floor in order to take advantage of a vaulted internal space with premium natural light. Two external windows, a French door and four skylights make the room feel bright and spacious. The building has been designed with great attention to detail and careful selection of materials to create a pleasant living environment.
Side Extension in Hampton
This project involves a side extension to an existing early Twentieth Century semi-detached house in Hampton Village. A redesign of the existing master bathroom enlarges the space and brings more natural daylight through an overhead skylight. The new layout allows for a new dressing room to connect the bedroom and bathroom and is fitted with custom designed full-height wardrobes. The design entailed a careful reconfiguration of the room within a complex roof envelope whilst minimising impact on the front elevation of the home. The extension has a bright and fresh feeling with the use of modern materials and colours.
The project aims to showcase the beauty of the surrounding wood. Our goal as designers is to enhance the user’s experience without taking away from the surrounding landscape. The proposed shape of the building assists the visitor to interpret the site at first glance. The volume of the building reacts to the major site features, pointing north towards the new World War I memorial and also opening up at the south-east, providing view towards the community orchard, natural play area and the rest of the forest. The eastern façade is protected by vertical timber louvres which cast dramatic shadow patterns in the early hours of the day. These shadows are an abstraction of the pattern of light and dark that can be experienced in the surrounding wood, creating a sense of continuity between the internal and external environments. The louvres on this façade also help to blend the building with the existing vegetation. The building has integrated passive solar design elements which assist with the day to day operations of heating, cooling, and lighting. The external timber louvers on the eastern side of the building help to reduce low angle heat gains. The southern glazed wall allows solar penetration during the winter to reduce the need for heating. The western and north-western façades act as a solid windbreak.