This project ingeniously restores integrity to a fine Neo-Georgian house in London compromised by post-war additions. Extending over three storeys, the building’s external envelope has been restored to its original massing while the interior has been completely reconfigured to connect the house with its attractive gardens. A new extension capped by an undulating roof reinforces this vital relationship.
An impressive stone staircase outwardly cantilevers from a gentle curve in the double-storey high entrance hall, linking the ground floor with the bedrooms above. Conceived as an evolving sequence of spaces, the interior opens out towards its surroundings drawing light and glimpses of the grounds beyond into the house. Contemporary detailing is used to capture the original spirit of the house’s design and although highly elaborate and complex, the design respects the domestic scale and history of the property. The understated modernity of the scheme and the high quality design and craftsmanship is complemented by a warm palette of locally sourced materials such as cast bronze, polished plaster, beige limestone and walnut.