A 'three-dimensional' apartment from a small roof extension.

The Olympia Loft shows the result of the transformation of a 55sqm, self-contained, unmodernised and very fragmented single floor flat, product of a speculative 1980’s house-to-flats conversion, into a 77 sqm open plan and section double height apartment.

Considering the starting condition of the single floor flat together with the quite considerable expectations and hoped results by the Clients, we thought to develop the design concept turning the challenging limits of the existing house into key architectural factors. This was achieved in three main ways: (a) proposing just a very small and sloped rear roof extension (5.30 cbm, 6.1% of the existing loft space) which the Local Planning Authority accepted as respectful of the existing terraced house shape, but actually sufficient to design the loft as a liveable floor at the rear, and double up the heights of the living spaces at the front; (b) reshaping the front windows and relocating and enlarging the roof skylights to obtain a more generous and uniform natural lighting and ventilation throughout the whole apartment; (c) generating a fluent visual communication between living and sleeping areas through open plans and a pentagonal-shaped open section, but still preserving visual and acoustic privacy when needed with glazed and screening systems.

The result is an apartment with an open plan layout for the Kitchen-Dining-Living areas at the lower level and a master bedroom en-suite on the upper mezzanine-balcony level, which seems to solidly ‘seat’ on the linear kitchen on one side and almost ‘float’ over the living areas on the other end, overlooking them through a full width internal glazing. An apartment with an internal spirally-shaped circulation that, wrapping around the two bathrooms, connects all the spaces, and where the white surfaces diffuse the natural light and the exposed bricks create internal contrasts, revealing somehow the terraced nature of the house.

In a surround played by the simplicity of the geometries, the last touch has then been given by the owners: from the 'Sucre' writing on the main living wall, a nice present of the husband as this is how he sometimes calls his wife, to the TVR engine that supports the bespoke table in the living area, from the few 1960s photos and furniture to the blue and grey tones of the fabrics.

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Modern home with Living Room, Track Lighting, Chair, Coffee Tables, Accent Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, Bench, Bookcase, Ceiling Lighting, Sofa, and Recessed Lighting. The Pentagonal-shaped double height of the Olympia Loft, with the Master bedroom en-suite above that can see through a full width internal glazing the open-plan living areas below Photo  of Olympia LoftView Photos

The Pentagonal-shaped double height of the Olympia Loft, with the Master bedroom en-suite above that can see through a full width internal glazing the open-plan living areas below

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Track Lighting, Chair, Console Tables, End Tables, Light Hardwood Floor, Bench, Ceiling Lighting, Accent Lighting, Coffee Tables, and Recessed Lighting. A straight view through the Living-Dining-Kitchen areas, with the upper balcony above and the sloped roof Photo 2 of Olympia LoftView Photos

A straight view through the Living-Dining-Kitchen areas, with the upper balcony above and the sloped roof

Modern home with Living Room, Track Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Console Tables, Sofa, End Tables, Chair, Accent Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Coffee Tables, and Light Hardwood Floor. The front view of the Living areas from the Dining Photo 3 of Olympia LoftView Photos

The front view of the Living areas from the Dining

Modern home with Kitchen, Track Lighting, Cooktops, Refrigerator, Accent Lighting, White Cabinet, Engineered Quartz Counter, Dishwasher, Light Hardwood Floor, Undermount Sink, Ceiling Lighting, and Recessed Lighting. The Kitchen-Dining in the opened Living. On the upper level, the Master bedroom en-suite can see through a full width internal glazing the living areas below Photo 4 of Olympia LoftView Photos

The Kitchen-Dining in the opened Living. On the upper level, the Master bedroom en-suite can see through a full width internal glazing the living areas below

Modern home with Living Room, Recessed Lighting, End Tables, Bench, Ceiling Lighting, Track Lighting, Coffee Tables, Accent Lighting, Console Tables, and Light Hardwood Floor. The Living area with its TVR engine that supports the bespoke sofa table, the 1960s photos and furniture and the blue and grey tones of the fabrics Photo 5 of Olympia LoftView Photos

The Living area with its TVR engine that supports the bespoke sofa table, the 1960s photos and furniture and the blue and grey tones of the fabrics

Modern home with Kitchen, Light Hardwood Floor, Engineered Quartz Counter, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Accent Lighting, Range Hood, White Cabinet, Recessed Lighting, Track Lighting, Cooktops, Undermount Sink, and Ceiling Lighting. The Kitchen with its linear layout that maximizes the depth of the adjacent Dining area Photo 6 of Olympia LoftView Photos

The Kitchen with its linear layout that maximizes the depth of the adjacent Dining area

Modern home with Living Room, Console Tables, Track Lighting, Sofa, Recessed Lighting, Accent Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Coffee Tables, End Tables, and Light Hardwood Floor. The front view of the Living areas from the Dining Photo 7 of Olympia LoftView Photos

The front view of the Living areas from the Dining

Modern home with Dining Room, Accent Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Track Lighting, Bench, Table, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. The Kitchen with its linear layout that maximizes the depth of the adjacent Dining area Photo 8 of Olympia LoftView Photos

The Kitchen with its linear layout that maximizes the depth of the adjacent Dining area

Modern home with Kitchen, Light Hardwood Floor, Dishwasher, Engineered Quartz Counter, Refrigerator, Undermount Sink, Track Lighting, Accent Lighting, Cooktops, Ceiling Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Range Hood, and White Cabinet. Front Detail of the Kitchen Photo 9 of Olympia LoftView Photos

Front Detail of the Kitchen

Modern home with Staircase and Wood Tread. The internal spirally-shaped staircase wrapping around the two bathrooms leads to the Master bedroom ensuite at the upper level Photo 10 of Olympia LoftView Photos

The internal spirally-shaped staircase wrapping around the two bathrooms leads to the Master bedroom ensuite at the upper level

Modern home with Staircase and Wood Tread. The internal spirally-shaped staircase with the long skylight above Photo 11 of Olympia LoftView Photos

The internal spirally-shaped staircase with the long skylight above

Modern home with Accent Lighting and Light Hardwood Floor. The Master bedroom ensuite faces through a large internal glazing the living areas below Photo 12 of Olympia LoftView Photos

The Master bedroom ensuite faces through a large internal glazing the living areas below

Modern home with Accent Lighting and Light Hardwood Floor. The Master bedroom ensuite faces through a large internal glazing the living areas below Photo 13 of Olympia LoftView Photos

The Master bedroom ensuite faces through a large internal glazing the living areas below

Modern home with Accent Lighting and Light Hardwood Floor. The Master bedroom ensuite faces through a large internal glazing the living areas below Photo 14 of Olympia LoftView Photos

The Master bedroom ensuite faces through a large internal glazing the living areas below

Modern home with Accent Lighting and Recessed Lighting. The ensuite bathroom obtained thanks to the increased headroom given by the double skylights Photo 15 of Olympia LoftView Photos

The ensuite bathroom obtained thanks to the increased headroom given by the double skylights

Modern home with Recessed Lighting and Accent Lighting. The ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower  Photo 16 of Olympia LoftView Photos

The ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Bench, End Tables, Ceiling Lighting, Sofa, Accent Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Console Tables, Light Hardwood Floor, Track Lighting, and Coffee Tables. Diagonal view of the Living areas from the Dining Photo 17 of Olympia LoftView Photos

Diagonal view of the Living areas from the Dining

Modern home with Accent Lighting and Light Hardwood Floor. The Master bedroom ensuite faces through a large internal glazing the living areas below Photo 18 of Olympia LoftView Photos

The Master bedroom ensuite faces through a large internal glazing the living areas below

Modern home with Living Room, Console Tables, Coffee Tables, Bench, Bookcase, Recessed Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Sofa, End Tables, Light Hardwood Floor, Accent Lighting, Chair, and Track Lighting. Olympia Loft - optimized design Photo 19 of Olympia LoftView Photos

Olympia Loft - optimized design

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