Inside a London home extension inspired by Japanese tea houses

This stylish home extensions takes inspiration from a Japanese Shoji screen

By Hugh Metcalf | 3 August 2020

This beautifully minimalist space by Will Gamble Architects draws inspiration from Japanese architecture.

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Image: Ståle Eriksen

As part of the refurbishment of a Victorian terrace in southwest London, Will Gamble of Will Gamble Architects proposed a twist on the popular Crittall-style look window, drawing on the idea of a Japanese tea house.

This has manifested itself as a rear extension with full height glazed screens, creating the gridded frame typical of a Shoji screen using fine steel-framed bars. This helps the simple, pared-back garden design, created by Garden Club London, become an integral part of the home, softening the dark materials and polished concrete floor.