Concrete is the predominant material used in this beautifully considered renovation in an otherwise archetypal Victorian terrace in West London.
Cast insitu and finely detailed, it is used for floors, walls and furniture elements. Forming a storage unit or bench, walls and plinths change level or quietly recede, accommodating the day-to-day activities of a family – eating, reading, playing – whilst blurring the traditional division of rooms. The boundary is further blurred between indoor and outdoor spaces with a large window seat projecting into the garden.
The facade is clad in Corten steel with its wonderful rusted, oxide patina. Inside, Grey Elm joinery, pale walls and brass fixtures also soften the palette and add warmth to the cool, grey concrete.
Moving up through he building, the existing structure and materials are allowed to coexist with the new. A palette of Douglas Fir floor boards, light coloured walls and exposed brickwork are the basis for a loft extension. A built-in desk extends the width of the study and becomes an open shelf as it wraps around the corner.
To me, this is the perfect solution for contemporary family living. What you think?
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