This unique Edwardian detached house, once a nursery, was built in the centre of the block between rows of Victorian terrace houses and their gardens in East Dulwich. It is accessed via a narrow footpath and is not visible from the street.
As the house is nestled within a patchwork of neighbouring rear gardens, the project draws on inspiration from the Japanese tradition of borrowing surrounding landscape. It provides long views from the house and proposes a calm, circular arrangement on the ground floor with each space leading onto the next. The current dining room is extended slightly, creating a flush rear wall and a better flow between living areas.
A double height space connects the ground floor dining room with the rooms at first floor, creating a visual connection and flooding the internal spaces with natural light.
There is minimal intervention on the first floor aside from the double height space and the inclusion of a large bathroom/utility area. The roof pitch has been raised on all sides in order to transform a previously unused loft space into a master bedroom, study and shower room. Large rooflights provide long views of the surrounding treetops and are used to ventilate and passively cool the space.