Extension in Union Wharf, next to London’s canal

Union Wharf is a mid terrace canal side property built where a factory building used to be.

The aspiration of this project by Nicholas Szczepaniak was to transform a dated, underperforming and compromised couple’s dwelling into a contemporary, energy efficient and spatially generous family home.

 

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Works consisted of a full refurbishment and remodel of the two-story property including the replacement and extension of an existing rooftop conservatory; transforming it from an unusable storeroom into a habitable space that can be used all year round.

 

The footprint of the existing conservatory was increased to create a flexible space that can either be used as a guest suite, lounge and/ or study.

Located along Regents Canal, the rooftop structure in Union Wharf is inspired by canal boats incorporating an enveloping oak and ash interior.

 

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The approach throughout the project was to use moderately priced materials, adding value through thoughtful, crafted details and care during execution.

 

Timber and steel flitched components create structural legibility adding rhythm and texture whilst enhancing the perception of volume. The layered south elevation maximizes light, views and enhances connectivity with the terrace and sky.

 

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Inspired by the former industrial use of the building, the material palette of the ground floor incorporates raw and uncovered finishes such as the original concrete soffit. In contrast to this, elements such as the kitchen, fixtures, and fittings are precisely detailed, warm in color and texture to create a unique material palette with a contemporary yet homely atmosphere.

 

Bespoke rotating window shutters fabricated from fluted glass provide privacy from users of the canal towpath whilst maximizing natural light and views.

 

The primary living space on the ground floor was reconfigured to resolve the disconnection of the kitchen, lounge and dining spaces. A sliding glass partition allows a new playroom to be concealed or connected when appropriate to the main living space.

 

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Photographies by Nicholas Worley

 

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