House for a Gardener

Amos Goldreich Architecture

House for a Gardener is a London Victorian terrace extension that was designed for owners Steve and Graham. The three-bedroom house had a typical Victorian layout with the rear kitchen spanning half the width of the property. It was very small and had no relationship with the cherished garden; our challenge was to create a seamless connection between these spaces.

The much-loved garden was central to the design of this side and rear extension and has been nurtured by the owners for almost three decades. The innovative design manages to incorporate a kitchen-diner and winter garden that receives copious amounts of natural daylight, all while providing views out to the external garden. The extension appears as a pair of intersecting boxes topped by a plant-covered terrace to give the appearance of incremental additions. The new spaces are a joy to see and experience, giving the owners a functional and enjoyable home that suits their lifestyle, which in large part revolves around the garden and plants they love. We have extended the property and unlocked an urban oasis that offers a relaxing retreat in an urban city dwelling.