Here's a wonderful way to combine old with new. London-based HÛT Architecture refurbished and extended this Victorian home in London with a "jewel-like glass box" that houses a new dining room. The architects made sure to keep the building's original features and Victorian aesthetic, while making it more suitable for a modern lifestyle, and the result is delightful.
The house is located in Mile End, one of London‘s earliest suburbs. The owners, a couple who live with friends, commissioned HÛT to design new spaces for entertaining and relaxing and improve the relationship between the internal spaces and the rear garden. HÛT approached the assignment by opening up the interior, removing unnecessary walls, and increasing ceiling heights.
An existing half-width closet at the rear of the house was extended downwards to create a space for an extra half-flight of stairs, a living and entertaining space, and a bathroom on the upper level. The brick extension located next to the closet wing was removed and replaced with a glass box that open onto a sunken patio.
“The glass box actually helps reinforce the original plan form of the listed building, as its predecessor was a solid mass that was not complimentary to the closet wing,” said Sophie Determann of HÛT. “And of course it helps bring daylight deep into the centre of the house where the kitchen is located, and gives views into the lovely garden,” she added.