Roman Road conversion by Anarchitect



London-based architects Anarchitect have completed the conversion of two Victorian houses into one residence in East London.


The architects created an internal courtyard to link the existing buildings, adding a timber and glass structure clad in untreated larch.


Here's some more information from Anarchitect:


Family residence
Conversion of two existing buildings
Conservation area, Bethnal Green, East London

The project is a conversion of two Victorian semi-derelict buildings with adjacent rear gardens. The scheme integrates new architecture within the confines of the existing.


The existing buildings will be linked together with an internal courtyard, creating a living area that contains the kitchen, living room and external living space. The bedrooms are located in the existing buildings, which give access to the house from Roman Road and Peary Place. The old brick Victorian buildings face the street front, the solidity of brick defining the pivacy as well to the outside as to the inside, the new timber and glass lightweight construction expressing the new, creating an open though protected hub for the communal functions of the family.


The choice of materials has been developed to express the line between the new and the old, and between the public and private as well in the family functions as in the neighbouring environment. The new part of the building is clad with untreated larch which is a sustainable and eco-friendly material and will represent the process of the new part of the building ageing along with the existing.


The glazed opening walls to the living area join the external and the internal spaces visually and physically. The scheme appreciates and celebrates the past, adapting it to contemporary needs and creating an inspiring living space.






Posted on Wednesday July 2nd 2008 at 10:30 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • edward

    I like the ad hoc approach to the additions. Nothing fussy or formal. Not enough shown to say more.

  • jed_

    good work but the stairs seem like a serious lapse of taste. the build quality seems not great either: the shuttering seems out of alignment at points and the shutters fully open on the top window on the first image seem to sag a bit.

    i know these things are hard to get built well i the UK and i salute these guys for realising a truly interesting design.

    it reminds me of some of the recent japanese courtyard houses with some scarpa and influences from georgian architecture thrown in to the pot.

    what program do you think they used for those renders? i’m looking for something for mac that has that quality but i have yet to find it.

  • jed_

    re: my first paragraph, it could just be the photos that give the impression of poor build quality. think it’s great on the whole. well done Anarchitect.

  • jed_

    also, just look at their website. how can you not love that?!

  • I love it.. Congrats on turning such a small space into something really nice! :) Love the architectonics of it. nice place for a bbq, if there’s enough sunshine.. london is tight! :)

  • Billy

    These guys do all the Vivienne Westwood shops which really look great. All architectural projects will have some quality issues, even Foster etc