1 Pontypool Place
- Original design
- naganjohnson, 2017
- Landscape design
- Uncommon Landscape Consultants, 2017
The 2017 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2018 programme on 21st August.
Originally, this brick warehouse with its large industrial windows was probably built as a workshop to facilitate works to the adjacent railway and Waterloo Station. Since 1999, it has been the studio of NaganJohnson Architects and of Uncommon Landscape Consultants. Over the past two years, the building has been transformed with a modern extension to create a residence for the partners leaving the refurbished Ground Floor as their offices.
The strange shaped building fills the entire long, thin site. Bringing in light and finding outside space was the main challenge. Flat glazed rooflights brings sunshine into the Ground Floor offices, the main shower room and down through the stairwell. There is a small terrace leading from the Living Room and Library at First Floor via full height glazing. At low level along the east wall, there is a floating cupboard housing the family vinyl collection. This leads, hidden behind large sliding screens, to the utility space and on to the master bedroom suite.
The Second Floor is a single space containing the kitchen and dining room. The kitchen itself runs the length of the south wall. The units are bespoke units, mainly Wenge, which hang off the wall. The entire east wall is Reglit glass panels and the north and west walls are sliding glazed doors. These open out onto a 100 sq m roof garden. This was of primary importance for the design as the family spends as much time as possible outside.
The design strategy was to enhance the original character of the building whist introducing an unashamedly contemporary design to the extension. The stair is cantilevered folded steel with the lightest mild steel balustrade. The flooring is either blue brick tiles or solid Douglas Fir. Externally, the walls are either blue engineering brick, glass or green zinc. Windows are triple-glazed fitted flush with the brickwork.
The Green House at 1 Pontypool Place is a family home designed by Deborah and Michael Johnson, completed in 2017 above their architecture and landscape studio. It is a contemporary rooftop extension to a Victorian warehouse with an expansive roof garden and friendly dog. Constructed largely in brick and zinc, with an almost completely glazed roof-top kitchen all linked by a slender metal staircase. The studio below is open with an exhibition detailing the background to the design and build, including handmade pottery by Ceramicist Chris Prindl who made bespoke fittings for the house.
We are also opening our Studio during the weekend where there will be a small exhibition about the house and our other projects, so visitors can see the house and understand the design. Visitors for the house are welcome to come into the Studio where they will be given a ticket for their pre-booked tour, and visitors who haven’t pre-booked will be allocated spare tour slots. When it’s time for the tour we will call out the ticket-holders and they’ll be able to enter the house as a small group. Weather/numbers permitting they’ll be time to spend 10 minutes or so in the garden after the tour with the designers/owners before being asked to vacate for the next group. Visitors are welcome to spend further time in the studio and there are WC facilities here, not in the house. (In the event of rain, the garden will not be open.)
Pre-booked on Eventbrite or with the studio– Please sign in/present your Eventbrite ticket at the Studio – Purple Door on the Alleyway!
Un-booked – Please make yourself known to our volunteers or Staff who will do their best to get you on a tour.
P.S. All visitors to the house will be asked to wear overshoes which will be available before going upstairs.
The house is arranged on the first and second floors with stair access only.
We look forward to welcoming you to our home and Studio!