Cork House by nimtim architects

A rear extension and loft conversion to a modest Victorian terrace house in South London

Project Specs

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A rear extension and loft conversion to a modest Victorian terrace house in South London. The project evolved through a process of co-creation with the clients – a graphic designer and photography agent along with their two young children.

▼住宅外观,exterior view


The existing house was 1m higher than garden level – in order to connect the family with their garden, a stepped internal landscape was created that defined different uses within a larger family space through changes in floor level. Thus a kitchen, dining space and informal seating area are defined by their own topography, meaning the whole family can share the space whilst doing different things.



The extension is articulated as a simple pitched roof form with a large pivot door framing an uninterrupted view of the garden beyond. A slot window on the rear elevation aligns with the glazed roof light over the side extension to bring in daylight and views of the sky. The simple roof form rationalises a more complex array of ceiling heights and boxed structure that deals with existing elements internally, while reflecting the geometry of the existing house externally.

▼玻璃天窗带来自然光和天空的视野,the glazed roof light brings in daylight and views of the sky

▼起居室,living room

▼阶梯式的内部景观,a stepped internal landscape

▼餐厨空间,dinging room and kitchen

▼厨房细部,kitchen detailed view


The extension is clad internally and externally with cork that complements the existing brickwork on the original house and will weather to a silvery-grey over time. The cork achieves all required u-values without the need for any additional expanded foam insulation. It absorbs noise internally, is breathable, free from synthetic resins, chemicals or harmful materials and is fully compostable/ recyclable. Pink window frames provide a flash of colour against the dark cork. Internally a pale grey resin floor finish allows a continuous surface over both horizontal and vertical floor surfaces with crisp edges.

▼粉色窗框与软木表面,the pink window frame and the cork surface


Throughout the house including the new loft level with master suite and renovated 1st floor – the project is defined by bold colours and patterns reflecting the playfulness of both design team and clients.

▼阁楼层的卧室套间, master suite on the new loft level



“It’s a real testament to the amazing, thoughtful and completely unique design you guys produce. We are utterly in love with the house and all of you for completely transforming our lives. We could not have imagined living in anything as awesome as this without you.”  -The clients H+D, 2019

▼背部立面,the rear facade

▼立面图和剖面图,elevation and section

▼一层平面图扩建前后对比,ground floor plan before and after extension

▼阁楼层平面图扩建前后对比,loft floor plan before and after extension

▼窗户结构细部,window detail

Architects: nimtim architects
Structural Engineers: SD Structures
Main Contractor: TW Space Conversions Ltd
Photography: Megan Taylor
Rooflight: Patent Glazing
Doors and windows: AJ & D Chapelhow
Cork:Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd
Kitchen units: Howdens Carcass
Kitchen doors: Ply stained with Auro Natural Stain
Worktop:Formica supplied by Baldwin Plastic Laminates
Kitchen Tiles: Claybrook.
Resin floor: Horizon Resin Flooring

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