AR House 2014 Honourable Mention: updating a ’60s terrace while maintaining its character, this delicate extension in Ravenswood displays a quiet sophistication
Set on the edge of Robert Ballie’s 1967 Modernist estate in Ravenswood, north London, this sensitive extension to a housing terrace forms a light corner infill. Rather than appear as a bold extension to a specific house in the terrace, Maccreanor Lavington’s desire was to augment the entire estate.
To this end, the extension slots in subtly alongside the terrace – swapping red brick and uPVC for larch and fir and slightly stretching the proportions used by its neighbours– identifiable as a later addition but complementary in tone and character.
Internally the original house has also been altered, with an expression of the Douglas fir structure and increased circulation space. Wrapped in a new wooden fence, an interstitial space sits between the extension and the street, providing a private external space between street and terrace.