Threefold Architects


  • A House With Two Faces

Threefold have completed the conversion and extension of a former care home, transforming it into an elegant and characterful family house set within within the Brockley Conservation Area in South London.

The brief called for the creation of a family home that incorporated the best aspects of the remaining period features of the original Victorian building, combined with a new extension that used modern materials to create light filled open plan living spaces that were connected to the rear garden.

The resulting project is A house With Two Faces. Where the restored street facing Victorian façade and internal fabric at the front of the house with its rich detailing and cellular room arrangement, is juxtaposed with a contemporary two storey brick extension at the rear, constructed with a pared back palette of materials and containing free flowing open plan spaces.

One of the key design drivers for the project was the concept of ‘Depth of Field’ and the connection of the two distinct sides of the building both physically and through the creation of long views that draw the eye through a series of different spaces. This approach led to the careful curation of materials, textures and tones across different parts of the house, where the threshold between the original building and the new extension is always expressed and the details and finishes in the original building are richer but the palette across old and new is always complementary.

In terms of spatial organisation, the original building holds the more traditional library, parlour, play room and utility spaces at ground floor with master and guest bedrooms at first floor, whilst the new extension creates a large free flowing open plan kitchen living and dining space at ground floor that opens out to the garden, with more contemporary children’s bedrooms above.

Formally the rear extension is conceived as a pair of bays that echo the original front elevation. A single-storey volume is distinguished by a spacious, cantilevered window that is glazed on all sides, and a two-storey volume brings the leafy rear garden in to the home through large, industrial doors. Within the extension, the kitchen & dining space retains the generous ceiling height of the Victorian house, whilst referencing traditional features such as cornicing and architraves through use of concealed lighting and powder-coated metal linings. The spaces are unified  around a bespoke brick and concrete fireplace, the chimney of which is a key aesthetic feature from the outside.

Client: Confidential

Type: Residential 

Area: 360sqm

Status: Completed

Location: Brockley South London