This unusual London home, made up of hexagonal spaces, has been extended with a sympathetic copper façade. 

rees architects bethnal green ashington house - extensions - grand designs

Image: Chris Snook

In the 1960s, when low-cost high- density housing was all the rage, the late architect Noel Moffett came up with Ashington House in Bethnal Green, London, a brutalist six-storey block based on the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. 

Homes constructed from hexagonal units were the signature of Moffett, however, Greater London Council rejected his original plans for Ashington House which was to be made entirely of stacked hexagons. Instead, Moffett produced an asymmetrical design of quadrangles with varied floor levels, concrete buttresses and covered staircases staggered throughout. 

rees architects bethnal green ashington house - extensions - grand designs 

Image: Chris Snook

Part of the development included two homes at street level for disabled tenants, one of which has been extended by Rees Architects, both on the ground floor and by adding a third hexagon to the second storey in the form of a copper cube which has an umber hue to fit in with the tone of surrounding dark brown brickwork.

rees architects bethnal green ashington house - living space - extensions - grand designs 

Image: Chris Snook

‘Our goal for the design was to complement the surroundings of the building and not be too outlandish,’ explains Rees Architects, ‘but at the same time enhance both the building and the neighbourhood.’ The challenge of creating something that maintains the home’s privacy, while also offering something of architectural interest for passersby. 

 kitchen in ashington house by rees architects - extensions - grand designs

Image: Chris Snook

Inside, the hexagonal angles define every room - each interacting in a unique way with the angled walls and finding its own form within the unusual walls. From the upstairs and downstairs hallways, you can glimpse into different rooms, each with its own kaleidoscopic corners. 

  

What do you think of this unusual hexagonal home? Share your thoughts with us by tweeting us @granddesigns or post a comment on our Facebook page.

 

MORE ARTICLES

Inside a London home extension inspired by Japanese tea houses

4 self-build houses on awkward plots

Studio Ben Allen's clever design adds an extra bedroom to this compact London flat

Kevins Column

Grand Designs Live: Ask an Expert Weekend 22-23 May 2021

Discover free home project advice and product recommendations from the comfort of your own home. Register now to express your interest.
gdlonline
tigg-coll-house-for-theo-oskar
Extensions

Tigg + Coll design accessible extension for residents with limited mobility

The architects behind this home won a design competition to create a home extension for two young boys with a degenerative illness that affects their...
copper-cube-extension-bethnal-green
Extensions

Rees Architects extend a hexagonal, brutalist home in Bethnal Green

This unusual London home, made up of hexagonal spaces, has been extended with a sympathetic copper façade. 
how-to-reduce-the-carbon-footprint-of-your-extension
Extensions

Top tips for reducing the carbon footprint of your extension

When planning and building your extension make sure to consider what impact it will have on the environment.
will-gamble-parchment-works
Extensions

Explore this extension set among the ruins of a parchment factory

Explore this unique extension, which was built amongst the ruins of an old parchment factory adjacent to a family home.
corten-steel-rear-extension-hampshire
Extensions

Tour this Corten steel-clad rear extension in Hampshire

Take a look at this impressive rear extension to a Victorian property, designed to provide a work from home space alongside a new kitchen.
a-london-extension-inspired-by-japanese-tea-houses
Extensions

Inside a London home extension inspired by Japanese tea houses

This stylish home extensions takes inspiration from a Japanese Shoji screen