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Studio Carver

Studio Carver

Studio Carver - Belsize Reading Room

Studio Carver

A place of quiet work and reflection for a retired couples north London home. A small extension to a house in Belsize Park, designed to expand and reconnect the existing study with the rear garden.












The project is designed around a large picture window projecting out into the patio and garden area. The new study encloses against an existing garden wall with bespoke joinery and desks carefully integrated into the building form and glasing. Oak cladding wraps back against the existing brick façade creating a pocket for a new sliding door, allowing direct access to the garden from the living room.

Oak linings internally and externally establish a strong connection between indoors and out with a raised planter and bench extending the building line further into the garden.

The works also include the complete refurbishment to the ground floor of the property, with new kitchen, dining and living areas. Developed within permitted development rights and a fixed maximum floor area, various sketch designs were produced investigating, light, volume, view and access.

The project brief was to design a reading room and study for a 1950’s, end-of-terrace house. The challenge was to create a spacious and light filled extension within a confined north London garden that was both sympathetic to the original house and a characterful addition to the property.

The clients have raised three children in the house since the 1970’s, improving and extending the property over time to adapt to their family’s changing needs. Now both retired, these latest changes create a new, intimate space, just for them.

The extension is designed around a large picture window projecting out to the patio and garden. The new study encloses against an existing garden wall. Bespoke joinery and desks are carefully integrate in the building form, giving home to an extensive collection of artefacts and books collected over the years. The result is a tranquil space for work and reflection.

A folding façade of glass and oak clads the extension and wraps back against the existing house, tying together old and new. Oak lining internally establishes a continuity of materials inside and out and draws the occupant’s views to the garden.

Oak clad planters extend along the garden wall and stich the building into the existing landscape. The old bricks provide a textured and warm backdrop to the new oak lining, flowers and greenery. A small bench on top of the planter provides a place to sit amongst the flowers and rest against the garden wall.

Structural Engineer: Elliot Wood Partnership
Building Control Inspector: Butler & Young
Main Contractor: Alex Baran Construction
Joinery: Village Cabinets