Park Avenue South, Crouch End House Image, Architect, Muswell Hill Property Design

Park Avenue South, Crouch End

Crouch End Home, North London Property design by studio octopi, England, UK

27 May 2010

Park Avenue South in Crouch End

Design: studio octopi

Crouch End Property

studio octopi are delighted to have won an RIBA London Award 2010 for their residential extension, Park Avenue South.

This Crouch End residential project has now won:

Grand Designs Awards 2010 – Best Extension
AJ Small Projects 2010 – 3rd prize
NLA Shortlist for ‘Don’t Move, Improve’ 2010

Park Avenue South Crouch End property extension
images from architect studio

The extension to this Victorian end of terrace house is located between Crouch End and Muswell Hill.

The original builder was also the house’s first resident, and made the most of his triangular plot by allowing the side of the building to fan out to meet the line of the adjacent public footpath. On the ground floor this resulted in an additional fillet of space splitting the living and dining rooms. It was the divisional nature of this space (used as a utility room) that the client asked studio octopi to resolve. By relocating the utility room, the plan was reordered and paved the way for an extension that linked the living spaces.

The design was developed through a series of folded paper sketch models exploring the nature of the triangular plot, the geometry and aspect. The lines of the roof ridges were drawn out from two points on the rear wall of the house, whilst the elevations extend the lines of the living room and the external rear wall of the kitchen.

Park Avenue South Crouch End house extension

The structure is clad entirely in black zinc, with standing seams tracing a path across the roof, emphasising its complex topography and echoing the folds created in the paper concept models.

From a distance, the structure reads as a strong geometric form that has grown out from the back of the house, but at closer quarters, its edges appear to soften and the malleability of the zinc and the very slight billows in its surface come into focus. The impression formed is of a tailored garment turned inside out to reveal a complex structure of pleated seams.

Internally, the smooth planes and sharp facets of the ceiling recall an origami paper lantern, neatly folded and then popped up into three dimensions to form a bright lining to the dark fabric over-garment. Seemingly in constant motion, the planes shift and tilt, alternating with triangular roof lights that frame views of the sky, trees and distant chimney-tops.

A cantilevered island unit clad in seamless black granite delineates the kitchen from the living space. Bridging the step down to the kitchen it creates on one side a working surface at waist height, and a seating area on the other. This monumental feature is echoed in the granite terraces that lead out into the garden.

Park Avenue South Crouch End home expansion

Park Avenue South – Building Information

Architect: studio octopi
Builder: Famella ltd
Structural engineer: Price & Myers
Roofing contractor: Roles Broderick
Glazier: Firman Glass
Photographs: Lyndon Douglas

Park Avenue South images / information from studio octopi, Architects

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Location: Park Avenue South, Crouch End, London, UK

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