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Rachel's House

Haggerston, Hackney
August 2016

Photographer: Kilian O'Sullivan
Structural Engineer : Constant Structural Design

Sculpturally inspired by Hastings' historical net sheds, this tower extension creates a double-height kitchen space and a series of openings between three floor levels, connecting family spaces to the garden.

Simple, crisp and contemporary detailing gives the tower a striking form; two minimal framed windows located at the side, allow the rear facade to stay clean and sculptural. It floats above a fully glazed kitchen roof, and a large pivot door gives uninterrupted views to the garden.

The stairs to the lower ground floor were relocated to free up additional space for the dining area. Due to the split-level arrangement a double height space is created in the seating area next to the kitchen. On descending the stairs, further new openings frame interesting views to the garden, bouncing light between levels and connecting spaces.

A shower room, located on the upper section of the tower, has a window located high within the space, to retain privacy. Fitted with a roof light, the space is bright with natural light, yet private with framed views across the Hackney rooftops

Above the tower, at the very top of the existing house is a bath deck area, perched on it's own platform, like a crow's nest high above the main staircase. Opened up with skylights offering views towards the sky, this pitched roof space is accessed by a new half-flight of stairs, and offers a distinct bathing area.

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