Extension with a difference brings industrial chic - and a big boost of brightness - to a residential home in south west London
The extension to this private residence in Kew, Richmond upon Thames is the work of Simon Merrony Architects.
Unique sawtooth lighting sections consisting of vertical glazing with bespoke Conservation Plateau Rooflights by The Rooflight Co introduce height and an abundance of light into the open living space.
The client brief set out the vision for an extension with a sophisticated interpretation of the glazing and roof style of a 1930s factory. The extension would serve as a seamless link between house and garden.
The property is located in the Conservation Area around Kew station so required a careful approach. A unique adaptation of The Rooflight Co's Conservation Plateau Rooflight, with its Victorian-style features, including an angled silicone wedge and exposed hinges, was specified.
The distinctive, fully glazed sawtooth rooflights rest above the open-plan kitchen and dining area, creating a focal point in the room.
Two custom designed and handcrafted Conservation Plateau Rooflights integrate with vertical glazing with a bespoke base frame structure, forming the sawtooth structure. The additional upstand and abutment detailing ensure complete weather-tightness.
The living space benefits from plenty of natural light and the optimum level of comfort in heating levels thanks to some careful glazing specifications.
An 8mm Cool-Lite outer glazing panel is teamed with an 8.8mm laminated inner pane to provide solar control and enhanced thermal performance.
The glazing specification achieves a G-value of 0.36 and a light transmission of 68 per cent, meeting the solar control needs.
Combined with the vertical windows in the area below, the architect has achieved a stylish representation of the industrial theme, while creating a bright and welcoming space.
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