Wedderburn Cottage

Our work in the private residential sector often involves negotiating between the strong character of London’s historic housing stock and the complex needs of modern living. Recently, we have obtained building and planning consent for a contemporary extension, and internal and external work on a Grade II listed, Victorian detached property in Hampstead. Designed in 1886 in the style of a Tudor manor house, the property required an airier, more open space for dining and informal living. Our response to this requirement has involved the transformation of the dark former kitchen area into a John Soane inspired timber-panelled lounge that creates an effortless transition between the listed building and the modern glass extension.

The development of the key detail became the centre piece of our exhibition “1:1” for the 2015 London Festival of Architecture.

This project has been shortlisted for the 2017 AJ Small Projects awards and the RIBA Regional Awards 2017. It has also been longlisted for the Don’t Move, Improve 2017 awards.

Photography: Will Scott
Interior styling: Finkernagel Ross

“Our house is a detached, listed property in Hampstead, North London which we wished to extend into the rear garden in a way that would maximise light and blur the boundary between inside & outside space. It was also important to avoid obscuring the rear of the house in order to satisfy the Camden planning department. Finkernagel Ross produced a very elegant design that satisfied all our requirements, and successfully negotiated the approval of the planning department.”
Phil & Diane Turner