Open House London: 21 - 22nd September
Open House London always comes around at just the right time. The autumn chill is on the breeze, the sun is still shining and for those who have decided THIS is the year to renovate, it is time to get your ducks in a row. So what could be better timed than to be able to go and see some projects up close and personal and chat to the homeowners who have actually done what you’re planning to do and have been through the rigmarole and lived to tell the tale!
There is a fine crop this year but these are our selected recommendations. Let us know how you get on!
Why we think you should see it: Go see the sculptural interiors plus the amazing terracotta metal cladding. An inspiring glimpse into this hidden courtyard!
Info: Making efficient use of an irregular urban site, this house is made up of interconnecting top-lit pavilions arranged to define a tranquil private courtyard.
Address: Smugglers Yard, Devonport Road W12 8PB, W12 8PB | Instagram: @henning_stummel_architects
Why we think you should see it: An example of what can happen if we let our imagination run free. Designed by the architect for his own family, this project exemplifies of how using light, creative forms and playful elements (there’s a slide!) can create a joyful and magical space. If you can’t get there at the weekend, watch the architect discussing his inspiring project here.
Info: The house uses traditional building materials while seeking to showcase great modern design, skilfully demonstrating that family homes needn’t sacrifice style.
Address: 188 Blythe Road, W14 0HD | Instagram: @michaelisboyd
Why we think you should see it: A brilliant example of combining contemporary design with original features and why you don’t have to be afraid to use colour, and a lot of it!
Info: A Georgian townhouse re-examined. With a ‘more-is-more’ brief, this beautiful locally listed property in Stepney incorporates arch glazing, pivot windows, bright steels and a reclaimed palette to blend Bauhaus, Art Deco and Steampunk.
Address: 3 East Arbour Street, E1 0PU | Instagram: @bvdsarchitects
Why we think you should see it: Magri Williams are the architects to watch. This young and creative studio love clean minimal lines with an attention to detail. If you prefer a calmer, refined look this is a great opportunity to experience the joy of crisp detail in the flesh.
Info: The existing building is a Victorian terrace house made from London stock brick. The project comprises of a brick rear extension, zinc loft conversion and complete house refurbishment, including a new plywood staircase.
Address: 81 Roslyn Road, N15 5JB | Instagram: @magriwilliams
Why we think you should see it: Living proof that it really can be pink…and green! Office S&M take no prisoners with their approach and it always creates the most exciting and unexpected results. So if you’re thinking of being bold with your design then come and see how it‘s done.
Info: A new build, three bed house, of pink textured render with green terrazzo details. It contains generous vertical spaces, such as double height bedrooms, exposed beam ceilings, and a triple height staircase.
Address: 53a Salmen Road, Plaistow, E13 0DT | Instagram: @officesandm
Why we think you should see it: A lovely palette of materials and forms on a very complex urban site. If you’re looking to build on a backland or garden site this project is well worth a visit!
Info: New-build house replacing a former garage on the plot. Due to the tight garden site, the design of the house has to navigate complex planning and infrastructural restrictions, resulting in the compact stained timber clad design.
Address: 1 Pankhurst Mews, Finsbury Park Road, N4 2JZ | Instagram: @nissenrichardsstudio
Why we think you should see it: A big favourite of ours (and recently featured in our Journal); this uses cork inside and out because of the fantastic properties it provides, along with an unexpected and wonderful aesthetic.
Info: Shortlisted for the AJ's Small project Awards 2019, this extension evolved through a process of co-creation with the clients. Clad externally and internally with cork, pink window frames provide a flash of colour against the dark cork .
Address: 67 Algernon Road, SE13 7AS | Instagram: @nimtimarchitects
Why we think you should see it: If you’re thinking of undertaking a renovation for the first time, it’s good to see the realities of site. This is an unique opportunity to see works in progress and as the project is by the brilliant Gundry and Ducker, we can’t wait to see the outcome!
Info: Refurbishment and extension of a 1970s Neo-Georgian terrace house, stripped back to the outer walls and roof. A dramatic new interior with a curved stair and triple-height space has been inserted. There is a terrazzo-clad rear extension.
Address: 73 St Pauls Road, N1 2LT | Instagram: @gundryducker