A Renovation Reviving London’s ‘Butterfly Roof’
- Paula Lou Riebschläger
Counteracting the disappearance of the traditional London roof, forresterarchitects decided to create a modern rear home expansion project named ‘Harcombe’ that preserves the charm of London’s parapet roofline. The roof brings a vivid architectural concept to the back garden of this mid-terrace house in Stoke Newington in north London. Inside the home, the butterfly roof appears as exposed timber rafters and contributes a dynamic architectural feature and natural cosiness to the living room. In order to extend the height of the ceiling, the existing one had to be excavated, creating a more generous room volume.
A wood-fired oven in combination with a glass front turns the living room to the inviting center of the home. In the course of the conversion the whole ground floor was redesigned. For instance, the kitchen was shifted from the rear end to serve as a link between the dining area and the living space. Additionally the dining room, which evokes the feel of a Victorian terrace house, was transferred to the bay fronted room. To the west, large hexagonal glass window frames provide a view of the small back garden.
All images © Adam Scott