Sanderson House – Extension to a Victorian House in the Form of a Fox

Sanderson House - Extension to a Victorian house in the Form of a Fox

London-based David Kohn designed the single-storey extension to create more living space for Sanderson family – hence the name, Sanderson House. The project won the second place in Dont Move! Improve Awards 2016.

The semi-detached villa in Islington had a typical rear kitchen extension which historically functioned as a scullery. The clients have three young boys and wanted to make the most of their generous garden.

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The extension is intended to feel like a pergola, with concrete columns framing outdoor spaces. A continuous sliding glazed screen allows virtually uninterrupted views outdoors and for the interior to be completely opened up to the garden in the summer.

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The more formal living rooms in the front of the house were connected to the new extension through a new arched window. This offers views into the new dining room and through a circular window in the garden facade that frames a tree in the distance.

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The red brick facade matches the more ornate street facade, designating the rear elevation and its relationship to the garden as of a new importance to the building. The pattern of the brickwork makes playful reference to the different geometrical relationships of the extension to the original house.

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The design acquired the form a child’s drawing of a fox which are often sighted in the garden, much to the pleasure of the three young boys.

Architects: David Kohn Architects
Project: Sanderson House – Extension to Victorian house
Location: North London, UK
Client: Rupert Sanderson and Rowan Routh
Design Team: David Kohn, Saya Hakamata
Collaborators: Hardman Structural Engineers, REM Projects
Photography: Will Pryce

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