This particular project had an ever-evolving brief. At first, the clients, a textile designer and a digital designer, approached London-based design practice DGN Studio to open and extend the ground floor of their cosy Hackney home. However, this quickly grew to encompass a comprehensive refurbishment of the upper floor and a refreshment of the outdoor area.
With an extensive knowledge of interior design and an enviable collection of mid-century furniture, the owners were heavily involved in the design of Magpie House, resulting in a home that is a genuine expression of them. “DGN Studio were very responsive to our brief, which evolved continually. We had worked with Daniel on a previous project, and it was wonderful to have a trusted and talented architect at the helm,” one of the clients says.
The cosy yet functional kitchen is characterised by stainless steel and European ash. Overhead glazing ensures the space receives ample natural light.
The kitchen design responds to the clients’ existingGaggenau oven and stovetop.
Integrated shelving ensures plenty of storage space.
Prioritising openness and lightness, DGN Studio redesigned the ground floor to be more cohesive to living, dining and cooking. To establish a continuity between the old and the new, the studio treated reclaimed London stock bricks with mineral paint for the interior walls, which create a warm and inviting atmosphere when illuminated by the overhead glazing light.
The heart of the home, the C-shaped kitchen, is designed with function in mind, offering ample storage and bench space while employing hard-wearing materials such as stainless steel for both the countertops and splashbacks. Like the rest of the home, the kitchen design responds to the client’s existing pieces, including the Gaggenau oven and stovetop.
The studio have taken a flexible approach to the upper floor, reconfiguring it to accommodate two bedrooms and a shared bathroom in place of the previous three-bedroom layout. The new bathroom is housed behind an oak-framed, reeded-glass screen, allowing light to permeate the neighbouring sitting area.
The window seat in the dining space offers seamless indoor-outdoor flow.
Reclaimed London stock bricks add a warm and inviting feeling to the new extension.
Connection to the garden was central to the brief, which DGN Studio have achieved by placing a window seat at the north end of the ground floor, the glazed panels of which can be opened fully to create seamless indoor-outdoor flow. The rear facade is marked by expressive galvanised steel and dark-stained timber, chosen to neatly tie in with the existing garden room on the other side of the courtyard. The elevated courtyard is designed to be low maintenance in its materiality, featuring gravel overlaid with reclaimed steel mesh panels.
Reflecting on the project, DGN Studio director Daniel Goodcare says, “Magpie House was conceived as a personal museum for our clients’ incredible mid-century furniture and artworks collection. We focused on creating spaces of architectural integrity, allowing our work to become a backdrop for the many materials, fittings, and fixtures they brought to the home.”