Case study: Small home office extension

This small but perfectly formed office extension in London has an instant connection with the outdoors.

By Beth Murton | 29 August 2017

This small but perfectly formed office extension in London has an instant connection with the outdoors.

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When asked to redesign the lower-ground floor of a maisonette, MW Architects received an interesting brief. The owner, a writer who works from home, wanted to extend an existing study area to create a larger room that felt linked to the garden, as well as adding a walk-in shower to serve the two bedrooms on this level. The shower needed to be designed in such a way that it created the feeling of showeringoutside. ‘It’s certainly not a typical combination of spaces,’ says Matthew Wood of MW Architects (020 7407 6767; mwarchitects.co.uk).

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The home office was extended by two metres. A large fixed roof light and a glazed door fill the room with natural light, while a new corner window and a reclaimed oak desk allow the owner to feel immersed in nature when she is working. ‘The cantilevered corner window plays a significant role in the success of this project,’ says Wood. ‘It broadens your field of vision and creates a much greater connection with the garden.’

Projecting just 60cm from the original space, the new shower has a three-sided, full-height frameless glass corner and roof, which create the feeling of being outside. ‘The glass is positioned in such a way as to ensure complete privacy from the surrounding properties,’ says Wood. A cleverly designed ventilation door opens to provide fresh air, blending into the external cladding when shut.