Projects, Residential

Kilburn Loft

Variant Office were asked to convert a loft in Kilburn. The family was keen to extend their modest 1.5 bedroom property into a 3-bed family dwelling. Their instinct was to convert and sub-divide the loft into a series of bedrooms with the living spaces on a reconfigured lower floor. We felt that it would make better sense to use the 4 metre high space at the ridge by flipping the plan and have the living spaces in the converted loft. This solution reduced the scope of work required to the existing flat saving the client between 30%-40% on their construction budget, whilst creating a really unique and spectacular living space for their young family.

Interiors, Projects, Residential

Ashley Road

Variant Office was commissioned to reorganise a 1 bed flat to provide 1 bedroom and a study cum Guest bedroom. A series of tall joinery units allowed us to maximise the limited space available.
Our client’s brief was to include Timorous Beasties Omnisplatt in the interior design. Its rich colour pallette inspired the use of copper accents in the new living-kitchen-diner.

Interiors, Projects, Residential

Calton Avenue

Variant Office was invited to refurbish and extend a modest end of terrace in the heart of Dulwich. Our client was hugely underwhelmed with the house in its current state and we were tasked with changing this perception by developing a home suitable for modern living.

As the site footprint was small we wanted to maximise the sense of space by connecting the rear extension with the garden by way of corner glazed extension. The perforated brick screens help screen the interior from neighbouring properties.

We imagined the interior of the house being a single space, subdivided by a large piece of joinery to create more intimate spaces to live, cook, eat and work.

The traditional Victorian house was transformed by inserting a modern open treaded stair that allows the light to penetrate deep into the house.

Bold use of colour and materials create different atmospheres throughout the house.

Brick Awards 2018 Shortlist
Dont Move Improve 2019 Selection

Design Team

Structural Engineer: Ian Harban Consulting Engineers
Contractor: TAD Builders
Glazing Contractor: Dask Timber
Rooflight Contractor: DM Window Solutions
Interior Doors: Argenta Alu
Ironmongery: G Johns
Tiling: Reed Harris
Specialist Lighting: Davide Groppi
Specialist Lighting: Thomas Hoof
Curtain: Silentgliss

Housing, Projects, Residential

Esmond Road

Variant Office was appointed to re-organise the ground floor of this house by extending it to form a rear and side extension under permitted development. The timber skin wraps the garden unifying it with the house. The screen drops to obscure elements of glazing.

Housing, Projects, Residential, Uncategorized

Ainsworth Road

The basement extension was conceived as a house for a photographer. It was part of a subdivision of a grand Victorian property in the heart of Hackney. The new two-bedroom home takes advantage of the site’s East-West orientation thus creating generous terraces to the front and rear of the property. The proposal allows the client to downsize comfortably hence remaining in the borough.

Housing, Projects

Avenue Road

Variant Office were invited to develop a proposal for a side space in Bromley. The proposal envisioned a new end of terrace unit with flats. The scheme would contain a two and a three-bed unit, with a garage replacement two-bed unit.

The main block picks up on the proportions and elements of the existing terrace whilst responding to its prominent corner location. The garage replacement is appropriately subservient in scale thus not dominating the existing terrace on Chesham road.

Housing, Projects, Public Realm, Residential

Lonsdale Mews

Lonsdale mews is an 8 unit newbuild scheme in Croydon on tight a backland site. The 1 to 3 bed development sensitively negotiates the site constraints to provide front and back gardens for each unit. The patterned brick picks up on the local vernacular and responds to local brick fields that once existed nearby.

Community, Education, Projects

Tulse Hill APG-Outdoor Classroom

Variant Office were commissioned to develop an outdoor classroom for Tulse Hill APG to improve the offer within the APG for the users and as a potential lettable space to local schools.

Community, Education, Projects

Marcus Lipton Youth Centre Refurbishment

Variant Office developed a brief with Marcus Lipton Youth Centre in Loughborough Junction
to release space for rental opportunities and more productive use, so that MLYC could become
financially self-sufficient. VO identified objectives to reorganise the existing spaces with
minimal intervention, proposing a number of deep storage areas to free up space for other uses.

We developed a draft cost plan to enable MLYC to identify which works would prove the most valuable,
and worked as part of a group with Public Works, Loughborough Junction Action Group, and the neighbouring
Grove Adventure Playground, to develop an overall strategy for the two sites.

Community, Education, Projects

Calthorpe Under 5s space

Variant office was commissioned to develop a play strategy for Calthorpe Community Gardens under 5 space. Whilst the space available is reasonable it suffers from a lack of master planning resulting ad-hoc additions and under-used areas within the site.
We proposed a strategy that maximised the free space by developing a series of interventions around the perimeter of the site, enlarging the canopy to improve the play offer in inclement weather and moving the ramp to minimise space lost to circulation.
The project is currently being crowd funded via Spacehive