Modern design that respects the history of a 1930s conservation area


azure house design by xul architecture

This family home, situated on a popular 1930s street in the heart of Hampstead Garden Suburb, has undergone a full renovation and design of a rear extension, reimagining it for the needs of a modern family life.

XUL Architecture set about bringing light into this home through ingenious ways such as light panels on either side of the front door drawing light into a previously dark entrance hall. As you arrive in the space, the view through to the garden is unobstructed with a clear line through the hallway and past the natural tones of the kitchen carpentry. A subtle rear extension created space for a skylight to fill the kitchen with light whilst staying within the guidelines of the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust.

The clients chose a cool palette of blues and greens creating a cosy space in the evening, whilst during the day the rooms are filled with light and warmth. The house has clearly defined spaces for the family to live in, moving away from the trend of the last decade to open spaces up. Working from home with a young family created a need for partitioned spaces that can be used at different times of the day. These spaces all flow easily from one to another with the option of closing off for those important video meetings.

On the upper floors the design team at XUL Architecture opened up the ceiling where possible – the family bathroom and master bedroom were moved to the loft space. This helped bounce light around and make the spaces more visually appealing. Finally, the joinery in the loft rooms really makes the best use of the substantial eaves.



Located in North London, XUL Architecture is a commercially minded, client-centered architecture practice. Efficient and responsive, XUL put particular focus on the client’s experience as well as in finding ingenious ways of bringing light into architecture. XUL believes each client is special and has a story to tell. Their extensive research is based on finding ways in which we can bring more natural light into architecture as this has a positive impact on spatial quality, wellbeing, productivity, and creativity.

To find out more about XUL Architecture’s design projects and for more details please visit

Photo credit: Matt Clayton


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