This mesmerising Victorian house, nestled in London (De Beauvoir Conservation area), was renewed and extended this year by Scott Architects. As a curiosity, the project won the title “Best small house of the year” at The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2013. Everybody was pretty much impressed by its inspiring, yet quirky appearance. The back of the house was garnished with a unique curvaceous extension, which pretty much adds a sense of modern to the structure. “The sculptural form of the rear extension has resulted from specific responses to the site’s immediate surroundings, while preserving the character of the existing building. The extension is designed to be part of the garden landscaping rather than the main house and this is reflected in the choice of timber cladding and green roof system.”

Without obliterating its Victorian essence, the house needed this uplifting transformation, to fit the contemporary context. The exposed brickwork blends with the oak finishings, unveiling a clean-lined interior. Low energy lighting, modern underfloor heating and last, but not least, a sloping green roof are just some of the sustainable features. At the edge of old and new, the residence celebrates the British heritage without neglecting the modern characteristics.