Type: Domestic

Client: Private

Location: Tottenham, London

Year: 2020

Gulabi House

An extension to an Edwardian terrace house in Tottenham for a young family that marries their cultural backgrounds, inspired by Indian modernism.

The design opened up and expanded the ground floor of an Edwardian terraced house to create a triptych of interconnected spaces: an atmospheric playroom cum study steps down into a light-filled kitchen/dining area, which opens onto an intimate garden ‘room’ with a south facing concrete bench running along the perimeter of the rear elevation.

A house with no plasterboard, the construction of the new spaces is expressed through exposed steel and oak beams, supported on fairfaced loadbearing blockwork. A warm material palette runs through the house. Clay plaster, oak, deep blue quarry tiles and pigmented sandstone blockwork complement the red brick of the original Edwardian house. An intimate dining area is encircled by a blockwork bench and illuminated by a skylight above. 
The previously enclosed staircase has been opened up, with delicate oak balusters rising through the void to the upper floor. To achieve this, Building Control required a new opening between the two bedrooms. The response is a moment of childlike adventure and imagination, with a bright pink door in miniature, leading from the child’s room into the master bedroom.

Contractor - MM Projects
Structural Engineer - Simple Works

AJ Small Projects Award 2021, Shortlisted
NLA Don't Move Improve Award 2021, Shortlisted

Press and Publications:
Evening Standard, August’23
Time Out, August ‘23
Grand Designs Magazine, April ‘23
Elle Decor, August ‘21
Evening Standard, March ‘21

Dezeen, March ‘21
Architects’ Journal, February ‘21
AJ Small Projects 2021 Publication, March ‘21

Celebration of Home, NLA, Coal Drops Yard, July ‘21

Photography: Ivan Jones

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