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The remodelling of a compact 1970s ex-council property, set amongst larger blocks of flats from the 2000s. The project joyfully responds to the awkwardness and clunkiness of this surrounding construction with colour coded simplicity.

A series of small yet significant changes unlock the cramped plan: A new compact winding stair forms a focal point around which a series of interlocking spaces radiate. A long, layered diagonal view is created across the new plan, adding intrigue and dynamism through the hallway, kitchen, and dining room, then finally deep into the extension, culminating in a clerestory window for morning light. The brightly painted extension rotates the main view from the living room by 90 degrees, from a blank wall to a longer view across the neighbouring gardens and trees.

Structural Engineer - Hockaday

Contractor - TBS Tutka Ltd.

Photography -  Agnese Sanvito


Longlisted in the Don't Move, Improve! 2024 awards

OEB Architects - Hackney Downs - Garden elevation thumbnail © Agnese Sanvito.jpg

“Our house has been transformed into a light-filled space which can be opened up or divided. It works so well for our family. Already, we have had groups of our children’s friends coming in from the cold to gather around the big table and a book club meeting late into the night. We’ve become more sociable but also more connected as a family, whilst giving us the ability to close doors if we need our own space.  Our newly curved staircase has been a talking point for nearly every visitor. It’s such a clever design, and I love the way the light filters through the leaves of the trees and changes throughout the day. My favourite parts are the square window that frames trees and sky, and the green door that divides the hallway from the kitchen and keeps the new space cosy.”

Michael, client

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