the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Houses
  4. United Kingdom
  5. Jonathan Woolf architects with Bharat Patel
  6. Painted House / Jonathan Woolf architects with Bharat Patel

Refurbishment in Architecture

presented by the MINI Clubman

Painted House / Jonathan Woolf architects with Bharat Patel

  • 00:00 - 6 May, 2011
Painted House / Jonathan Woolf architects with Bharat Patel
Painted House / Jonathan Woolf architects with Bharat Patel, © David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

©  Helene Binet ©  Helene Binet © David Grandorge © David Grandorge + 10

  • Architects

  • Location

  • Architect

    Jonathan Woolf architects with Bharat Patel
  • Project Team

    Jonathan Woolf, Bharat Patel, Ben Wright, Carlos Sanchez, Ben Wright, Tomoaki Saito, Verena Hoch, Mattia Donati
  • Structural Engineer

    SVM Consulting Engineers
  • Building Contractor And Project Management

    Heights (UK) Investments Ltd
  • Area

    7500.0 ft2
  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. Two typical 1940’s semis in a north London suburb have been restructured to create a 7,500 sqf house for an extended family of eleven people. The practice of combining dwellings in this fashion is commonplace in some communities in the UK, although largely on an ad hoc basis and seldom from an architectural standpoint.

©  Helene Binet
©  Helene Binet

The house is shared by two brothers, their young families and their grandparents. Jonathan Woolf architects has been interested for some time in the way that UK construction methods rely on materials that are becoming thinner and thinner whilst at the same time striving to retain their surface material qualities. At the same time they have been studying paint as a material in and of itself. This is not a new phenomenon. The Georgians used paint meticulously to define a range of atmospheres that united several different materials within an ‘over-all’ (or ‘all over’) finish. The 1940’s semi is the perfect foil for these pre-occupations.

©  Helene Binet
©  Helene Binet

In this house almost all of the interior surfaces, walls, ceiling, floors and joinery are either painted or laminated to match paint. This lends the conventional shaped volumes an abstract character. The exterior of the old building has been over-clad with insulation, the rear and side finished with a layer of render, and the façade is faced with brick slips, presenting a clearly defined face towards the street, a look which is emphasized by the original window openings, which are retained to maintain the ordinary everyday feel of the traditional suburban semi. Along the sides and to the rear of the building, however, the openings become more expansive.

© David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

The new building works within the footprint of the existing properties, both of which had been extended previously on one level at the rear and sides of the plot. The new project extrudes these up to two floors together with an inhabited loft within a new roof shell. A steel frame has been inserted at ground level to achieve generous proportioned social spaces on the ground floor, which are of a scale in keeping with the size of this extended family unit, and include recreation and study spaces for the children, a large kitchen, eating and living area with large sliding windows opening onto the rear garden. The ground floor also houses accommodation for the grandparents in a position that reflects their place at the heart of the family unit.

© David Grandorge
© David Grandorge

View the complete gallery

About this office
Jonathan Woolf architects with Bharat Patel
Office
Cite: "Painted House / Jonathan Woolf architects with Bharat Patel" 06 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/133420/painted-house-jonathan-woolf-architects-with-bharat-patel/> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments
© David Grandorge

Painted House / Jonathan Woolf architects with Bharat Patel

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.