Oculus House is a renovated Grade 2 listed Georgian town house in North London by Dominic McKenzie Architects.
To the rear of the property a new full-width, double-room extension has replaced a pre-existing single room extension and kitchen outrigger facing the garden.
Inspired by the circular detail in the fanlight over the house’s front door, Dominic McKenzie Architects has articulated the two rooms in the rear extension with the placement of a very large (2m diameter) circular rooflight above each, which fill the space with natural daylight.
Above the new extension a roof garden accessible from the house’s main staircase has been created. The garden is split in to two parts, a timber decked terrace and a turfed area, both of which contain the walk-on circular rooflights at their centre.
The extension has been constructed from red stock bricks which have been weathered to match the main house façade. The lower rear garden is dressed with Portland stone which is tonally similar to the white oiled Dinesen floor internally. A bespoke steel revolving staircase connects the lower rear garden with the upper roof garden creating a circular route.