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Nook House in Denmark Hill, South London

1 May 2020

Nook House in London

Architects: Studio 163

Location: Denmark Hill, London, England, UK

Nook House Denmark Hill South London

Studio 163 have added a window seat and subterranean wine cellar to Nook House, a family home in South London.

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E + H wanted to open up their kitchen and dining space to the garden and maximise light whilst minimising the changes to their existing façade.

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The main issue was the existing narrow galley kitchen which had little natural light. The aim was to create a subtle intervention that would enhance their way of living.

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We proposed a modest side extension as well as an opening in the rear façade which allows for a widening of the plan and for a new space to be created which could be used in multiple ways. The main element of this project was to introduce a window nook which acts as a reading space, a seating area around the breakfast table and as storage for the two children’s activities.

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The brief included a subterranean wine cellar which required significant excavation works and the pouring of over three tonnes of cement.

Nook House Denmark Hill South London

We designed the space with a restrained palette of materials in mind, echoing the relaxed feeling of the garden, using highly skilled joiners to create feature pieces and using a subtle terrazzo for the continuous backsplash to provide a playful element to the kitchen.

Externally, the facade respects what is already there, a context of inter-war Art Deco housing typically finished in white render.

The wine cellar was made in GRC and had a diameter of 3m which was taking the most of the existing footprint of the kitchen. This meant that the whole area needed underpinning and 3 tonnes of concrete to be poured to reinforce it. The conditions of the soil made the process harder and longer to dig.

Nook House in Denmark Hill, London – Building Information

Project Architect: Studio 163
Project size: 30 sqm
Site size: 200 sqm
Project Budget: £70,000
Completion date: 2019
Building levels: 1

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Location: Denmark Hill, London, England, UK

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