The intelligent extension that converted this Hackney terrace into a spacious family home. A newlywed’s vision for a first home was realised with the help of architectural designers, Studio 8Fold. On a quiet residential street in Hackney, what was once a typical compartmentalised Victorian terrace has now been transformed into a spacious, modern family home by architecture firm Studio 8Fold.
▼住宅后方立面，Hackney Nest rear facade ©Adam Firman
In recent years, the home extension has become an art to master in London. A difficult housing market where building is preferential to buying is creating space for stunning home conversions where old meets new.
▼临街立面，front street facade ©Adam Firman
两位业主表示：“Studio 8Fold通过一系列充满创意的设计让原本昏暗的房子变得明亮起来，我们做梦也没有想过可以拥有一个如此宽敞的生活空间。” 在设计之初，设计团队与业主进行了一次研讨会，以帮助他们从任务书中提取出更加有趣的部分。例如，业主二人都非常重视浴室的空间体验，因而在设计中需要特别予以注意。
“Through a variety of innovative design features such as the glazing in the loft and positioning of the staircase, Studio 8Fold managed to transform our dark house into a light filled contemporary home with a sense of space that we never dreamt was possible for a house this size,“ gleamed both clients. Studio 8Fold began the design process by running a workshop with the clients to help extract the more interesting parts of the design brief. For instance, it became clear that the bathroom was a sacred space for the clients that required special attention.
▼室内空间概览，interior view ©Adam Firman
The design included extensions at both ground and loft floor levels to provide the necessary living and work spaces needed for a young growing family. Virtual Reality headsets were used for on-site decisions to help the clients get a better idea of the space, and assist the coordination between designer and contractor.
▼剖面图，section ©Studio 8FOLD
照明类型和每个房间的氛围是设计中的关键内容。Studio 8Fold的设计总监Alexander Frehse表示：“我们的客户是一对非常有创造力的夫妇，因此我们希望为他们打造出一个同时具备创意感、宁静感和融合感的居住空间。”
Particular attention was placed on the types of lighting, and the look and feel of each room throughout the home. “With our clients being a creative couple, we equally wanted the spaces to emanate creativity, stillness and composition,” said studio 8Fold’s director Alexander Frehse.
▼从门厅望向客厅，view to the living room from the entrance hall ©Adam Firman
The fireplace was reinstated, on a brick plinth that blends in with the original timber floor. The glazed side-return extension allowed for far more light, and opened the floor plan, with a subtle level changing emphasizing the cosy existing living room, and the modern new dining and kitchen area.
▼侧方扩建空间，the glazed side-return extension ©Adam Firman
▼开放式厨房，open plan kitchen ©Adam Firman
▼从画室望向楼梯，view to the stairs from the painting room ©Adam Firman
▼画室，painting room ©Adam Firman
Nicknamed the ‘Love Nest’, a variety of textures were utilised to give the home a cosy feel. Integrity in use of materials were important in evoking the nuanced mixed heritage of the client couple. “Our house now really feels like a home. Most impressive is the seamless blending of original and new features, for example the original and new staircase. Each room and floor maintains its own identity while the transition in the home feels natural – no small feat within the constraints of a London home renovation. Now having worked from home for the past 3 months both of us feel our home has been perfect for our daily routines, individual professions and keeping sane. It has been beautiful to be around 24/7″ said the clients.
▼新楼梯和旧楼梯形成无缝融合，the seamless blending of the original and new staircase ©Adam Firman
Studio 8Fold’s aim for the loft extension was to be more than a simple box extension, but rather an internally warm series of spaces in birch plywood, with an external skin made up of a sustainably-sourced blue slate scaled facade.
▼阁楼卧室，bedroom in the loft ©Adam Firman
▼桦木胶合板墙面，plywood clad loft ©Adam Firman
▼阁楼的观景窗，loft picture window ©Adam Firman
A generous double-height space in the loft with a skylight above floods the stairwell of the home in light. The warmth of the timber extension, contrasts to the emerging, colourful surfaces from the floors below, striking a line as a nod to the original roof pitch. “We took great care to maintain the history of the original terrace building, exposing original padstones, ridge lines and timber flooring where possible as re-imagined details,” said the studio directors.
▼阁楼天窗使光线照进楼梯间，the skylight floods the stairwell of the home in light ©Adam Firman
▼楼梯间细部，circulation area detailed view ©Adam Firman
▼阁楼工作空间的原始结构，the original elements in the loft office ©Adam Firman
Completed in just six months on site, the Hackney home now features a new kitchen/dining area, reinstated fireplace and new guest WC on the ground floor, a generous family bathroom and enlarged bedroom on the first floor, and an additional study, bathroom and bedroom in the loft.
▼主浴室，master bathroom ©Adam Firman
▼浴室窗景，bathroom view ©Adam Firman
Studio 8Fold summed up that “The new Hackney home evokes a sense of connection to both clients as we know them, yet provides a blank canvas for the family to grow both physically and spiritually”.
▼住宅夜间立面，night time external view ©Adam Firman
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan ©Studio 8FOLD
▼二层平面图，first floor plan ©Studio 8FOLD
▼顶层阁楼平面图，loft floor plan ©Studio 8FOLD
Project size: 183 m2
Site size: 148 m2
Project Budget: £300000
Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 3
Architectural Designers: studio 8FOLD
Contractor: Geosky Construction
Structural Engineers: SSA Super Structure Associates Consulting Engineers
Building Inspector: Stroma
Lighting and Electrical Design: Ensigna
Photo: Adam Firman
More: Studio 8FOLD