The Jewel Box by Fraher Architects

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The Jewel Box by Fraher Architects

London-based Fraher Architects have completed a house extension in Islington that is wrapped in larch batons and has a flower-covered roof.

The Jewel Box by Fraher Architects

Adjoining the rear of the listed house, the timber-clad extension contains a study and a dining room with an oversized glass door to the garden.

The Jewel Box by Fraher Architects

Benches and fences lining this garden terrace are made of the same timber.

The Jewel Box by Fraher Architects

A serpent-like lamp illuminates the terrace at night, while matching orange lamps light up the new dining room beneath a rectangular skylight.

The Jewel Box by Fraher Architects

The roof over the dining room is split into two halves, which pitch in different directions and enable rainwater collection.

The Jewel Box by Fraher Architects

Modest residential extensions are common in London neighbourhoods - see our earlier stories about a house extended by just a metre and a zinc-clad extension squeezed into a wedge of land.

The Jewel Box by Fraher Architects

Photography is by Andy Matthews.

The Jewel Box by Fraher Architects

Here are some more details from Joe and Liz Fraher:


The Jewel Box

Intended for a reputable silversmith and QC the brief called for complete renovation and extension to provide a dining area and garden room. This Grade II listed building is located in the prominent Colebrook row conservation area.

The Jewel Box by Fraher Architects

Conceived as a series of jewelled boxes carefully inserted into the existing fabric, the proposals open up and revitalise what was a series of dark disjointed spaces. Timber and concrete have been combined in a simple palette of materials that wrap around the existing fabric, inviting the user through the space and into the garden. The remaining period architectural features are retained and celebrated whilst the rear addition utilises a double canted wildflower roof to bounce light deep into the floor plate.

The Jewel Box by Fraher Architects

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A hidden garden study provides a place of contemplation overlooking the south facing courtyard garden.

The Jewel Box by Fraher Architects

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Sustainable Scottish Larch combines with a series of green roofs to soften the junctions of the insertion and provides a habitat for local wildlife. Super insulation and rainwater storage add to the eco credentials of the scheme.

  • lior brosh

    absolutely love this!
    exactly what architecture needs to be! colourful and FUN!!!

  • felix

    I don't get the hard landscaping of this project. The progression of steps and spaces works well, but why so much concrete and paving? The extension itself is this beautiful timber box, with wildflowers on top like a flower basket. Then it's dumped onto a concrete slab.

  • rock

    i agree with two comments above; a beautiful sensitive addition but far too much concrete in the garden!

  • http://www.hasselaar.nl Hasselaar

    Hmmm, indeed much concrete when it's seen from below or inside… But from above it looks very nice, I would like to have an garden like that!

  • sally hiller

    nice but takes away from garden patio space rather shed like, worry flower covered roof would lead to damp coming throughjt later, depends on drainage