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nimtim architects were approached by the client to create a new side and rear ground floor extension to an early 20th century semi-detached house in Lambeth. The extension had to resolve a number of existing issues at the property including extremely unstable ground conditions, poor access to the garden and very severe overlooking from a newly-built block of apartments at the back of the garden.
nimtim proposed an addition that tied into the existing garage extension creating a new element to the house that was considered as a single entity. Composed of a series of stepping forms in plan, the new addition includes two large pivot doors to connect visually and physically to the large garden.
A large picture window onto the garden is framed by deep timber louvres that provide privacy and reduce overlooking from the neighbours. A slot roof light over the kitchen and a glazed roof to the side extension flood the new and existing spaces with natural light. The external walls of the extension are in a painted, textured render to tie the extension into the existing house.
‘The existing situation at the rear of the house was pretty dreadful with terrible overlooking from a number of sides and chronic movement in the ground around the house and its existing conservatory. The addition had to solve all of these issues but we also wanted it to feel like a natural response to the house and its context - like it might always have been there’