The refurbishment of an existing dwelling, located within a listed Victorian terrace, the project was conceived, primarily, as an exercise in exposing the original plan form of the building and in doing so reintroducing an efficiency to spaces that had been eroded through incremental contemporary alterations.
Originally a servants quarters, a tightly knit series of interconnected rooms, some with multiple entrances, was evidence of the fact that this was considered a secondary space within the original building, prior to it being subdivided.
The project therefore focussed on removing recent additions to the building, whilst introducing a hierarchy to the the spaces within it, eliminating the sensation of ‘inhabited corridors’.
To consolidate these changes, a consistent and light palette of materials and details aimed to reduce the typical properties of basement spaces, whilst making best use of views and the natural light provided by a communal garden and stepped section.
Constructed between August 2017 and February 2018.
Photography by Oskar Proctor.