This loft extension to a terrace house in west London provides it with a new bedroom, bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. The tight plan means that the whole floor is treated as one suite. Light is brought down into a central landing from a rooflight above the stair. The bedroom, bathroom and wardrobe peel off this space, with generous openings between them. Internal glazing provides lines of sight across the entire plan to enhance the feeling of space. The glazing in the bedroom folds back to open the entire wall onto a small terrace area. On the landing below, the new stair drops down as a foreign entity with the profile clearly expressed beneath.
The main structure is in timber, with steelwork that allows the floor to be dropped for increased headroom. The exterior is clad in timber with black stain. The stair is CNC cut from 24mm birch ply and assembled on site.
Structural Engineer: Peter Dan
Contractor: Belleville Developments
Photos: Lyndon Douglas
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Edward McCann Architecture and Design is a young London-based practice that believes good design should be both simple in its solutions and transformative in its outcomes.
We maintain that architecture is driven by artistry as well as accuracy. Through an approach that encompasses client collaboration, intelligent problem-solving and innovative thinking, our work relates the context of a site to creative design strategies. We are uncompromising in our ambition to deliver spaces that meet and surpass client expectations.
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Edward McCann is a qualified architect and founder of Edward McCann Architecture and Design. After studying at Edinburgh, the Architectural Association and Cambridge, Edward worked for leading architectural practices including Adjaye Associates, where he was involved in several high-specification residential and retail projects and the award-winning Ideas Store in Whitechapel; Edward Cullinan Architects, where he worked on the award-winning Stonebridge Hillside Hub housing and community complex and the prestigious Fitzwilliam College Library in Cambridge; and SCABAL, where he worked on innovative school projects and co-ran the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme in Camden. As one half of the MAprojects collaboration, in 2010 Edward was invited to Lisbon as part of an exchange programme between young UK and Portuguese architects run by the Architecture Foundation and British Council. Edward set up Edward McCann Architecture and Design in 2010.
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