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Jamestown Road, Camden 

A striking contemporary rooftop extension to our Victorian Camden office, providing valuable additional space for our busy team.

The façade is wrapped with unique perforated metal panels – an abstract interpretation of the interior of a grand piano in reference to the building’s original function as a piano factory.

Optimisation of views, environmental considerations and interpretation of the existing building’s history were important elements in the design of the extension.

Due to team and workload growth, we needed additional office space. An extension to our studio in Camden was deemed the best solution.

Our existing studio is a Victorian period building which suffers from heat loss in winter and heat gain and glare in the summer. We needed a design that would minimise these effects.

Furthermore, the area and the building’s rich history was to be respected and woven into a modern, contemporary design.

Window position was key; an assessment of good and bad views of the area was carried out with a decision to focus downward views onto the historic courtyard to one side and upwards towards the skyline of Camden Town in the other direction.

Heat loss is minimised by heavy insulation while brise-soleil helps to reduce solar gain and glare. Additionally, the design allows the windows to be shaded as the sun moves throughout the day, keeping the space cool on brighter days.

The existing gable end wall is retained as exposed brickwork, with a glazed shadow gap the providing a distinction between old and new.

Overall - the extension is unashamedly contemporary in style, creating a distinctive chronology and clear understanding of the building’s development.

Brilliant Buildings
London, United Kingdom
Completed 2017