Alison Brooks Architects developed a 100 m² extension to the ground floor of a large detached house in London, UK. Winner of the prestigious RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize, the ribbon-like design creates an interesting roofscape that can be admired from the master bedroom. The concept of the Wrap House, was developed through distorting a single surface into a folded ribbon that creates a series of new continuous internal spaces.
This allowed us to simultaneously control both the quality of the internal spaces and the external appearance from the garden and first floor windows.
The geometry of the triangulated roof “compresses to create and intimate internal area”, while maximizes the view of the garden from the master bedroom window. On the other side of the building, the roof folds upwards to increase the views into the garden.
The ribbon-like skin wraps down to the side of a centrally located fireplace to create an outdoor timber deck. The deck connects to the back garden to offer a storage room and barbecue area.
In the interior of the house, ABA played the angular shapes of the ribbon to create visual interest, and a dynamic space. The large windows and skylights inundate the space with light, and make a smooth transition between indoor and outdoor. The walls are kept white, creating a nice contrast with the exterior greenery, and strongly emphasizing the triangulated geometry.
*All images and information courtesy of Alison Brooks Architects Ltd London.