Suffolk House

DSDHA worked with Derwent London to this intriguing affordable housing scheme for the conversion and extension of Suffolk House in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. 

The extension sits lightly on the existing building and creates a new “skyline” inspired by the adjacent butterfly roofs to crown a building that appeared somewhat incomplete and contributed little to Whitfield Place. This roofscape is carved to create terraces which overlook the public space and to allow views of the sky from below. The proportions, scale, and materiality of the new element are carefully controlled to create a counterpoint to the existing building. 

The project gained planning approval in October 2009 and achieved EcoHomes “Excellent” standard, with the incorporation of solar thermal panels, brown roofs, and rainwater harvesting. 

In 2013 the 'Fitzrovia Study' for Suffolk House was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. 

Architect: DSDHA
Structural Engineer: Elliot Wood
Cost Consultant: Bruce Shaw
Planning Consultant: DP9
Contractor: Allenbuild Limited
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