London-based Haptic Architects designed two extensions to an old Victorian house in London and created new spaces that exude warmth though the use of natural materials-untreated larch and oak-combined with subtle metal details and concrete. The rear of the two-storey Highlevel House now sports two small annexes that frame a cozy courtyard.
The architects introduced an open-plan kitchen and dining space within the first of the two extensions. The second extension is nestled against the brick gable of a neighboring building that sits next to the inner garden. Both extensions are clad with untreated larch slats which will change color with time and acquire a patina that gives them an even more organic feel. Ridged timber with large panels of glazing focus the attention on the garden area.
The project is in line with the architects’ chosen name-the tactile qualities of untreated timber creates a warm atmosphere and give a particular feeling of three-dimensionality to the façade. The kitchen and dining area are illuminated with two skylights, while a concrete fireplace dominates the lounge area accessed from the kitchen via a short flight of wooden stairs. The project preserves the original quality of the Victorian property and enriches it by introducing new spaces that feel both modern and rustic.
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