A two-storey extension with an optical illusion ‘floating’ pod

Explore this creative two-storey extension which uses an exterior cladding as a decorative finish inside.

By Hugh Metcalf | 18 May 2020

This unique kitchen features a floating second storey extension as a dramatic centrepiece to the space.

Proctor and Shaw Architects Pod House - extensions - grand designs

Image: Ben Blossom 

When south London architects Proctor and Shaw were issued the challenge of a full home renovation which re-imagined the ground floor as a more social, family-oriented space and added a new ensuite bathroom upstairs, a basic concept was almost agreed within the first client meeting.

However, when it came to re-evaluating the construction methods the architects would use, the idea of a floating second storey extension, seemingly suspended in the roof of the ground floor extension, came to light.

The pod

Proctor and Shaw Architects Pod House - extensions - grand designs

Image: Ben Blossom 

The ‘pod’ is clad in a batten and board Thermowood product by Metsawood. This is a baked timber that requires no finishing and minimal maintenance, and won’t change appearance for years to come.

It forms the centrepiece of the kitchen, situated directly above the kitchen island. Coo-toned materials, including the power float concrete floor and grey stone work surfaces, ensure that the timber pod draws focus when entering the room.