Paul Archer Design


Burma House

A Hackney home for a family with kids, dogs and guineapigs.


Situated in the popular neighbourhood of Stoke Newington, Burma Road is an extensive full-house renovation project which places family life at the heart of the home.

"We enjoyed working collaboratively with the team at Paul Archer on this challenge. They understood our brief perfectly and listened to our needs as a family. They provided fresh thoughts whilst giving us the confidence to explore new ideas. Significantly they brought a sense of 'flow' to to the building. Rather than five independent stories, now light and space connects all the floors. We are delighted with it, and feel very fortunate to call it home."

Project description

While the original structure had ample space, the existing interior spaces proved problematic due to their lack of natural light. The clients asked us to create a family home that would celebrate light and increase space without being too open-plan. Drawing on their experience in the creative industry, the clients shared a keen eye for detail and a refined aesthetic sensibility, paying particular attention to high quality detailing.

Reconfiguring the interior, we added an impressive new staircase made of blackened steel, brass, and timber that drops down into the main hub of the house—the family living and dining area. Here, we carefully balanced the desire for a functional space that would feel warm and inviting, yet light and spacious. To achieve this, we lowered the floor level to increase the height of the space and added garden-facing floor-to-ceiling glazing. Supplementing this, generous roof lights ensure an abundance of daylight. Within this space also lies the kitchen, where a large island formed of zinc and brass serves as a bridge from the primary living area, to the restful dining area where long family meals are shared.

The first and second floors hold two double bedrooms and en-suite, along with a family bathroom looking out onto a small terrace, with the addition of swift boxes to encourage wildlife. On the top floor, the main bedroom and bathroom enjoys a spacious roof terrace and spectacular views across London. Throughout the build, there is particular attention to the flow of light to ensure spaces will feel connected across all floors. Two ribbon windows have been inserted into the top floor roof, so that light joins each level of the home.

To the rear of the building, a new extension has been constructed using Vande Moortel bricks. Known for their unique, slender shape, the bricks bring a subtle tactility to the facade. At the end of the garden, a timber-clad garden room functions as both a home office and exercise space.

Material design

Known for their unique, slender shape, Vande Moortel bricks bring a subtle tactility to the rear facade while complementing the aesthetics of the building and sensitively blending with the original mismatched brickwork.


Before GIFA
256.2 sqm
After GIFA
282.2 sqm
MC. General Building Limited
Structural Engineer
Constant Structural Design
Andy Stagg

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