We are featured in Novembers edition of the RIBA Journal in a profile article written by the well known novelist Will Wiles entitled "Big not always best: Inglis Badrashi Loddo on giving house extensions charm". The article begins: "Out to confront assumptions that underpin much architectural work, the London practice feeds its ideas from houses into projects for small developers too. It’s easy to imagine that there’s not much new that can be done with the big house extension – it has become a wearisome cliché, not least for the architects who have to design them. Like many small London firms, Fitzrovia-based Inglis Badrashi Loddo Architects, IBLA, finds that the upwards and rearwards extension of homes for private clients make up a lot of its work. But it has brought to these bread and butter projects the condiments of originality, variety and charm...."
IBLA were asked to rework and extend the ground floor the house, built in the mid-90’s, which featured an awkward kitchen/living/dining space which felt disconnected and distinct from the garden.
Into the opened-up rear elevation, a glazed screen and roof was inserted to form the extension, allowing light to flood deep into the space throughout the day, with the glazed roof adding a sense of openness and height within the space. Double doors open out onto the patio for warmer, summer days.
New structure was inserted as high within the floor above as possible, to allow the rear elevation to be opened up completely at ground level, as well as removal of an internal section of wall dividing the dining and living spaces. An area of lowered ceiling was introduced over the living area to define the living area and conceal the new structure. Cutaways animate the ceiling and provide recesses for a blind to the glazing and an LED strip to wash light behind the television.
Our project at Stapleton Hall Road is featured on Architecture Today's website (link):
"Lined in poplar plywood, a loft extension to a north London terrace house by Inglis Barashi Loddo Architects is intended to create a “treehouse-like feel”, enhanced by the design of the new plywood stair leading up to the space, which hangs from above, “inviting those below to climb up”.
It is the architects’ second project at the house, having remodelled the ground floor five years ago, and adds a new bedroom and shower room to accommodate the needs of a growing family. “From the outset”, says IBLA, “the intention was for the new loft space to be another modern addition; childhood memories of hide-and-seek games in the attic, long sunny afternoons making dens in the trees, and secret spaces with dreamy views over the treetops were imagined as part of the design process”.
The pale plywood lining is reminiscent of wooden toys and has a softness and tactility that makes it ideal for a child’s bedroom, s...
We popped in to our first project on Shepherds Hill during the photoshoot for Shepherds Hill 2 where the final phase of works, the master bathroom, is now finished. The room is a combined bathroom and dressing area and features a steel framed glazed shower screen and freestanding bath.
We have just completed the refurbishment and extension of this large Edwardian house in Highgate. Originally consisting of 3 individual non self-contained flats, the house was reconfigured as a large family dwelling occupying the lower floors and a separate flat on the top floor. The works to the lower floors included a new rear extension and the opening up of the existing lower ground floor to form a new living dining and kitchen area. The new rear extension was built in red brick to match the existing house and features a large diamond shaped structurally glazed roof lantern. The existing access was adapted to form a large airy top-lit staircase serving the main house and a separate stair to the top floor flat. A new 'light shaft' was driven through the top floor to allow natural light into the lower staircase.
The AJ Retrofit Awards 2019 finalists have been announced and IBLA are among them. Our project Dukes Avenue has been shortlisted in the House £500K and over category. More details on the project can be found here.
IBLA have won planning and listed building consent to convert part of the former courthouse on North End Road into three new flats. The Courthouse itself was built by H. N. Hanks in 1907-8 in an English Baroque Style. The building ceased use as a Court in 2005 when this function was relocated to more modern premises. The scheme creates a pair of new duplex units in the space of one of the former courtrooms; new internal stairs give access to a lowered basement floor with access to private gardens for each of the flats. The kitchen living room of the third unit occupies the original entrance hall - a dramatic 15m long x 3m top-lit space with its decorative terrazzo floor. Construction is due to commence in early summer.
This scheme proposes a small 1-bedroom house on the site of a former electricity substation near Queen's Park. From the street one enters a generous private walled garden bounded on 3 sides by a slatted timber walls and on the fourth by the main living space. From there a stair takes you to the basement kitchen and bedroom which open onto a small sunken garden.
This scheme for 4 new build houses on a site in Mill Hill has been submitted for planning. The 5-bed units are arranged as a pair of semi-detached houses and are arranged over 4 floors including a new basement level opening out into a sunken garden. The houses are overlooked to the rear by the University of London Observatory so the top floor bedrooms facing observatory have been designed to look into an enclosed rooftop garden to reduce light overspill.
Work has started at our project in Shepherds Hill, Highgate. The scheme involves converting the existing building, which contained 3 flats, back into a family house. A new rear extension creates a large family space opening onto the garden. The extension is constructed in brick with large glazed openings and a diamond shaped structurally glazed roof lantern.
Designed as “one house for life”, this terrace grows with you. A young couple can let the upper floors to pay their mortgage; then occupy the whole house as their family grows; and finally retire back to the ground floor while rent from upstairs funds their pension.
That’s because the three floors in Lifecycle House can be used independently or together. Each level has a bathroom, outside space (in the shape of a courtyard, a balcony or a roof garden) and independent access off the straight stairs that run from front to back — freeing up floor space. Wide pocket doors and full-height windows in almost all rooms add a sense of light and space.
The ground-floor layout, around a courtyard garden, means the houses can be built back to back. This allows for 75 four-bedroom homes per hectare — more than double the density of most new developments. Built on a highly insulated, cross-laminated timber frame, with brick cladding, bronze anodised aluminium windows and groun...
This project is a glazed single-storey rear extension to a Victorian terraced house in Highbury.
Our clients came to us wanting to make better use of the lower ground floor, which suffered from being dark, damp and completely under-utilised. The north-facing rear garden was only accessible through a small doorway off a utility room, and it became immediately apparent that establishing a better connection between the garden and the house would make a huge difference to the quality of the dwelling, as well as giving new life to the basement floor.
We opened up the space by removing the walls of the rear façade, the outrigger, the existing bedrooms and stair; relocated the kitchen from the upper level, and created a glazed infill side-extension to bring light into the middle of the floor plan. The original basement floor had quite varied ceiling heights, so we introduced a new plasterboard soffit across the entire space. This strong and consistent datum, with plywood ‘coffers’ pushed upward...
We have received planning for a new-build mixed-use scheme in Fulham, West London.
The 595sqm building delivers ground floor retail and office space as well as three floors of high-quality contemporary flats above.
Situated on Lillie Road, famous for it’s thriving community of antique dealers and period-furniture shops, the scheme sits at the end of a Victorian terrace and replaces an unsightly group of warehouse buildings
Our design creates a new contemporary end to the street that respects the rhythm and proportions of the adjoining terrace, and also addresses the curve in the road and the longer views from down the street . The new building takes the proportions and materials of the adjacent Victorian houses as a starting point, refining them into a more regular, gridded facade.
This proposed scheme achieves continuity by echoing traditional elements in the neighbouring buildings, and is detailed in a crisp, contemporary manner. Full height glazed doors and juliet balconies provide an...
The loft space at our project at Dukes Avenue was completed this week. The project comprised the full refurbishment of a large semi-detached house in Chiswick and included a large extension to the existing basement and the complete reconstruction of the existing roof space.
IBLA are delighted to have won the 2017 'Self-build on a Shoestring' ideas competition. The competition is organised annually by the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA) and this year it challenged architects, designers and others to come up with creative ways of constructing a modest ‘granny flat’ that can be built for £40,000 or less. The brief also asked designers to show how 30 of the homes could be arranged to create an innovative retirement community. This year the competition saw entries from the across the UK, and international submissions from Denmark, Australia, the USA, China and Vietnam.
Our entry, 'The Apple Yard', arranged all the homes around the edge of the site, overlooking the central gardens and orchard. Each open plan home has a pyramid shaped roof and one wall that’s fully glazed, overlooking a private garden area.
The judges included three of the UK’s TV self-build celebrities – Piers Taylor, Charlie Luxton and George Clarke. RIBA self-build champion...