Dulwich Loft

South London

Loft extension

SE Cambridge
Project architect
Gudjon T. Erlendsson
Martina O’Shea
Year 2017

Oak plywood cladding combines high quality and affordability

Roof extension and a new dormer for a South London home. The house is located in a conservation area and had to consider its specific location. The design is a true Nordic approach aiming to create a simple yet warm interior and maximise external views and daylight. The tight, angular and irregular space offered a challenge solved to achieve the contemporary simplicity desired.

A new, highly crafted oak plywood staircase takes you up to the loft space where the master bedroom and master bathroom are located. The staircase is imagined as a gate to the tranquillity and private space up-stairs. This is underlined with the staircase being “separated” from the lower floor with the first step acting as a genkan to the staircase space. Oak and oak plywood is used to accentuate the bedroom and landing juxtaposed with simple white walls. The master-bathroom uses tiles and simple finishes to carry the design language into all of the new spaces. Spaces not used for dwelling are are cleverly utilized for hidden storage.