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13 KINGSLEY PLACE, LONDON
Wednesday 21 Mar 2012
Kingsley place is part of an award winning 60's large development design in Highgate, North London. Built on a steep sloping site, 13 Kingsley Place is one of the three bungalows located at the centre of the development.
The clients have two young daughters. Although they enjoy the 60's attributes of the bungalow it was insufficient for their family needs with only two bedrooms, a single bathroom and a back yard which was difficult to access and too steep to use.
- Create an additional bedroom, bathroom, study, guest room and external deck.
- Provide a practical back yard that can be enjoyed with improved access from the house.
- Consideration to be given to the attributes of the 60's design.
- The design and construction should stand the test of time.
- The new rear elevation should be something they are proud to look at.
Planning & Social Constraints
The project is located in a conservation area, therefore although the existing structure was demolished the front and side street facades were maintained. By contrast there was a lot of freedom in the treatment of the new rear elevation.
The Kingsley Place development is a close knit community comprising many retired professionals. Change and an on-going construction site required a sensitive treatment to immediate neighbours and the Kingsley Place Committee Group.
Materials and Construction
The new build is a timber framed construction utilising the existing foundations and concrete ground beams. Natural materials play an important part of the quality and atmosphere of the home. A limited palette of materials and tonal colours has been adhered to throughout the design to achieve durable spaces that feel calved out of the whole.
Interior - Brazilian Slate has been used for the bathrooms and courtyard; concrete work benches to the kitchen; black American walnut panels to the feature walls and Panga-Panga flooring used throughout with a durable coating to resist fading from direct sunlight.
Exterior - Vertical Sapele hardwood cladding has been used on the rear elevation with a black stain to reflect the parapets of the neighbouring property. The cladding within the covered deck area has been treated with a clear varnish to give the appearance that it has been ‘scooped' out revealing a warmer interior.