A traditional brick house in London was given a fox-like extension designed by David Kohn Architects. The Sanderson House, inhabited by British shoe designer Rupert Sanderson and his family, was given a bright red brick-colored extension that references the figure of a fox in the garden. Adding more living space for the family of five, the extension also adds a pop of color to the typical slate grey palette of London’s Tufnell Park.
From the back of the Sanderson’s yard, the unusual addition appears literally like a colorful fox-shaped structure that sits in front of the original architecture in the grassy garden. Although the architecture is not overtly animal-shaped, the architects joked that the initial single story design hint at an abstract fox shape, which delighted the clients and their children. To emphasize this fox narrative, an angled roof inset with a circular window was created to emulate the fox’s head, snout and eye. Two large sliding doors, separated by red brick fronts, can be imagined as the fox’s legs. Rather than actual brick, the architects used clay tile brick slips.
Inside, the whimsical design continues with a lurid color palette of aqua, blue and yellows. The addition creates a new kitchen area, a dining space, and a reading room that is nestled in the outdoor garden. Each new area faces the garden, with large sliding glass doors to open indoors to out.
The unique addition gives a modern and almost fun architectural take on the London garden pavilion.