Mies X King George House in London

Mies X King George House, London Real Estate Extension, Residential Architecture Photos

Mies X King George House in London

Residential Property Extension, England, UK – design by CAN Architects

26 June 2019

Mies X King George House

Design: CAN Architects

Location: London, England, UK

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Mies X King George House is a re-imagined Georgian glasshouse re-connects a Listed townhouse to it’s garden. The chamfered glazed enclosure is hung from a black steel frame which serves as structure and ornament.

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The challenge was to do this using the footprint of the poorly insulated existing extension (only 12 sqm) which had become a storage room and acted as a barrier to the garden.

Mies X King George House in London

CAN Architects wanted to create the internal qualities of the contemporary ‘glass box’ without the mundanity of it’s exterior. For this we looked to the restrained ornament and repetition of Georgian architecture. The external steel frame is made of the smallest ‘off -the-shelf’ I-Beams and has five repeating bays. The glazed enclosure is hung from this frame, removing the need for any internal structure and maximising internal space.

Mies X King George House in London

The frame also serves as an ornamental element with the I-Beams returning upwards creating finials. Concertina base panels complete the external metalwork which is black to match the original ironwork of the house.

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A glazed chamfered door slides into a concealed pocket leading onto a raised patio. The external basement stair is moved to further improve the connection to the garden.

The project has transformed the way the client’s use the house; providing them with a ground floor living space that is well connected to the garden come rain or shine and we believe the innovative design approach adds, in some small part, to the conversation about how to respond to London’s historic building fabric.

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The brief was to replace an existing extension with a ground floor living space that re-connected the townhouse with its garden.

The key challenges were that the project needed to respect the Grade II Listed Townhouse whilst also providing a contemporary living space.

Mies X King George House, London – Building Information

Architects: CAN Architects
Project size: 12 sqm
Site size: 100 sqm
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 1

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Photography: Jim Stephenson

Mies X King George House in London images / information received 260619

Location: London, England, UK




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