Our clients for this project, for whom we had previously designed a building in Battersea, asked us to restore the house, and retain the key features, while creating a contemporary home. The house was in a terrible state, with structural damage at the rear and an upstairs maisonette, which had not been modernised since the 1930s.
We adopted a creative and collaborative process with our client and took an almost archaeological approach to the existing house, restoring original spaces and retaining and restoring key internal features. We converted the lower ground floor for the older children and the first floor for the younger family. These areas could be separated or integrated as required. The top floor was opened up into the roof to become our client's private zone, with sleeping, sitting, dressing and bathing areas.
An extension was added at the back to increase the lateral space, and new large skylights now flood the house with daylight. Today, the house is a light and modern home, which through judicious restoration of key original features, still manages to reference its past.
- North Kensington, London