Oliver Leech Architects adds reeded glass extension to London townhouse

Located in a conservation area near Brook Green, Reeded House sits on a shallow site overshadowed to its rear by a six-storey commercial building, impairing daylight and privacy.

The existing four-storey Victorian townhouse was in poor condition and had been split into three small flats. The key design decision was to introduce a 2m-deep, double-height extension to the rear, creating more space for the owners.

This vertical solution has allowed the entry sequence to be reorganised, circulation spaces adjusted, and more light brought in. Privacy has been improved and the many levels of the home reconnected.

Adding visual impact to the plan, Oliver Leech Architects added reeded Linit glass panels to the extension. The project is one of the first private residential projects in the UK to use this material, which features a reeded texture on the internal face to create translucent light and distorted views, maintaining privacy.

Circulation was an important consideration of the clients so the architects have created a cohesive floor plan, remodelling the previous bedsit configuration.

Upon entry, the restored original staircase is illuminated by large window, drawing you through to a bespoke contemporary stairway leading into the open plan kitchen-dining space on the lower ground floor.

Downstairs, a ‘casual’ dining area opens onto the rear courtyard through large sliding glass doors. A monolithic kitchen island in muted grey Brazilian quartzite is offset by oak cabinetry.

Cabinetry is used further as a device to link the multi-level living spaces to the rear of the home with coherent oak custom joinery extending beyond the living area and balustrade to the lower ground floor in the form of wall storage.

On the upper level, a loft extension has been added to accommodate a bedroom and en-suite bathroom.

 Oliver Leech Architects Reeded House Plans

Architect’s view

We were given a highly detailed design brief for the Reeded House. It was excellent to work with such design-focused clients, who knew exactly what they required. We had clear parameters, which allowed us to design with intent and work creatively within the brief.

The reeded glass extension is an example of how space is influenced not just by square metres, but light, volume and scale. These design ideals are materialised in a home that enjoys a modest yet highly pragmatic footprint and a wonderful sense of generosity.
Oliver Leech, director, Oliver Leech Architects

 Oliver Leech Architects Reeded House Sections

Project data

Location Brook Green, London
Completion November 2021
Gross internal floor area 210m²
Construction cost Undisclosed
Client Private
Architect Oliver Leech Architects
Interior design Oliver Leech Architects
Structural engineer Constant Structural Design
Main contractor Sutton Construction


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