Modern extensions to classic homes often take inspiration from the existing setting, and the idea is to find that delicate balance between the existing and the new with one space flowing into the other. The House in Hampstead is a Grade II listed Georgian house that went through a series of poorly planned additions and renovations for the last 6 decades, leaving it a dreary and unwelcoming home. The task of turning it into a bright, modern family home fell to Cullinan Studio, who employed a cubic glass structure to get the job done.
But the smart renovation went beyond just the rear addition, as the interior was completely altered to give the classic home a new lease on life. Despite the new structure in glass, steel and timber, the front façade of the heritage home was left largely untouched in order to preserve its rich history. It is only once you step inside that you notice a subtle change in style. The new extension and the changes to the interior were crafted to blend in with the existing structure, as a muted color scheme and cozy wooden surfaces give the revitalized London residence a snug, relaxing ambiance.
We did not want to simply add one more living space but rather improve the upper and lower ground floors of the house in a way that worked with the existing building both internally and externally. It was clear that the new part of the building would relate to the garden on a more domestic scale if its height were lower.