Design Project: This Grade II-Listed Primrose Hill Home Hides A Modern Extension

This Victorian terraced home features two-storey pivot doors and a modern, glass observation platform...


Set in the southern part of Primrose Hill – on a private street in between the Village, Regent’s Park and Camden Town – this beautiful, Grade-II listed grand terraced-house was calling out for something special. Having been the family home for more than 20 years, the time had come for a major re-think and re-arrangement, to suit the changing needs of the family.

Robert Rhodes Architecture + Interiors were brought on board to better connect the home’s living spaces to the garden. The pokey former conservatory was replaced by a voluminous, double-height space, with colossal, two-storey pivot doors, connecting both entrance and lower levels to the garden behind. A similar small conservatory on the first floor was replaced with a modern, cubic, structural glass box, combining the space with the stair landing, and forming an observation platform above the gardens below.

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The hallway is an un-fussy space, featuring a mostly white colour palette, and nothing but a pair artichoke pendant lights. The hallway serves only to lead you in towards the main feature at the back of the home.

The original staircase leading up was preserved, featuring a wooden banister, but the stairs leading down to basement level are modern and separated by a steel-framed glass partition.

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A boot room sits at the back of the hallway, with built-in wardrobes for coats, and a cloakroom loo.

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The stairs lead down to the kitchen and dining area at garden level.

The owners wanted to open up the interior space, to create a bright, spacious, modern, family-orientated kitchen, dining and living space at the garden level that could be both family-centric and suitable for entertaining.

The new kitchen island incorporates a modern concrete worktop and breakfast bar seating.

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In this new extension, the original bones of the building are clearly visible, incorporating the brick exterior wall as part of the new kitchen, and retaining the original doorway. The kitchen space has been opened up further and made double height, offering views up to the window on the first floor.

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The primary ambition of the owners was to connect the house to the garden, allowing both to be useful throughout the day and throughout the year. Now a voluminous, double-height space replaces the former conservatory with colossal, two-storey pivot doors.

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Working closely with Camden Council, Robert Rhodes Architecture + Interiors proposed this design that gives the feeling of completely open space, while retaining the listed fabric of the Victorian house.


A small conservatory on the first floor was replaced with a modern, cubic, structural glass box, combining the space with the stair landing.

The listed window arch and pocketing shutters were maintained.

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This space now serves as an observation platform above the gardens below.


An elegant, timeless palette of white, black, grey and natural oak impart a unified character to the home, providing a quiet background for the owners’ furniture, artwork and musical instruments collected over decades.

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The master suite features a calm and minimalist theme, with grey walls, blinds and carpeting, and a wall of built-in wardrobes with recessed handles.

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Structural Engineer Fluid Structures

Main Contractor Image Build

Party Walls Grantchester Associates

Garden Designer Annie Pearce

Glazing Contractor UK Glass Ltd

Photographer Matt Clayton    

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