Proctor & Shaw Completes Modern Rear Extension of House in London
Pod House is a double fronted house in Dulwich, London. The project was designed by London-based architectural practice Proctor & Shaw.
“The brief was to extend and re-invent the ground floor for modern family life, complete a luxurious master ensuite and maximise the potential of the loft space. We designed a full width rear extension that opened the house to the garden and re-built the upper level of the original rear return as a hanging timber clad ‘pod’. Main family functions kitchen, dining and snug spaces, are gathered in the new extension facing the garden. The pod houses the first floor family bathroom and forms a centre piece to the ground floor kitchen/dining space, with roof lights to all three sides and mirror cladding to the supporting beams, the pod dramatically hovers above the kitchen island. A power float concrete floor flows from inside to outside and the new garden, which has been impressively landscaped by the client. The house, rather unusually, has three floors to the rear and two to the front with impressive 3,0 m high ceilings. A standard loft extension was therefore not viable and instead we proposed that the loft was opened up to create large rooms with two floor levels. The master bedroom suite was positioned across the front of the house with a luxurious ensuite bathroom. Internally original details were retained where possible, sometimes with great personal dedication by our client, in contrast to the modern rear extension where robust materials such as timber and concrete are expressed,” explains Proctor and Shaw