Lipton Plant Architects adds pale-brick extension to north London home

Lipton Plant Architects adds pale-brick extension to north London home

The upper storey of this brick extension to a mid-century home in north London by Lipton Plant Architects projects over the entrance to form a porch (+ slideshow).

1050 Clonbrock Road by Lipton Plant Architects

London-based studio Lipton Plant Architects extended and reconfigured the interior space of a 1957 semi-detached house built on a wedge-shaped site in Stoke Newington.

The two-storey addition comprises a living area across the ground floor, four upper-storey bedrooms and a wooden staircase with a faceted underside that connects the two levels.

1050 Clonbrock Road by Lipton Plant Architects

Large panes of frosted glass beneath the overhanging upper storey provide entrance points from the street, while similar full-height sliding windows with thin yellow surrounds open onto the back garden.

1050 Clonbrock Road by Lipton Plant Architects

The front doors, which feature blue frames on the inside, slide open onto a hallway with white walls and an oiled pine floor. Directly ahead, a pair of floor-to-ceiling wooden doors lead into the kitchen.

1050 Clonbrock Road by Lipton Plant Architects

"The double doors open to reveal the rear space and the full width expanse of glass in thin yellow frames," said studio director Edward Lipton, whose previous projects in north London include an extension with a glass walk-on roof.

1050 Clonbrock Road by Lipton Plant Architects

Inside the kitchen, a raised unit that runs along the wall kitchen with an oiled pine worktop "hovers above the ground adding to the sense of space and openness."

1050 Clonbrock Road by Lipton Plant Architects

Further utilities are enclosed in a wooden cabinet with hatches that can be propped open or closed to reveal or conceal the oven and fridge.

1050 Clonbrock Road by Lipton Plant Architects

"A tall unit cleverly designed to incorporate the white goods and conceal the oven allows the kitchen to be closed off," Lipton told Dezeen.

1050 Clonbrock Road by Lipton Plant Architects

Back in the hallway, single wooden doors to either side of the kitchen lead to a bathroom and living room in the old part of the house.

1050 Clonbrock Road by Lipton Plant Architects

Floorboards in the older half of the property were sanded back and oiled to blend with the new space, while the original skirting boards and architraves were "designed out" to give a more modern finish.

1050 Clonbrock Road by Lipton Plant Architects

A timber-framed staircase made from oiled pine with white painted treads connects from the hallway of the ground floor to the upper level.

1050 Clonbrock Road by Lipton Plant Architects

"The soffit is faceted to wind around the underside and reflects the shape of the building and the cantilever to the front," said the architect.

1050 Clonbrock Road by Lipton Plant Architects

Four bedrooms and a bathroom cluster round a spacious hallway on the second level. Beyond the bedrooms, the staircase leads to a "den" on an oversized landing with a bright turquoise cushion used to cover the floor.

1050 Clonbrock Road by Lipton Plant Architects
Ground floor plan – click for larger image
1050 Clonbrock Road by Lipton Plant Architects
First floor plan – click for larger image