The same solicitors firm had occupied this building for over 40 years and, as a result, the building had lost its domestic character, having taken on a more corporate role.
Various designs and layouts were examined to ensure that our work respected and restored, yet also enhanced and modernized, the original structure. Elements of modern comfort had to be introduced without affecting the original listed fabric of the building. Invisible electrical upgrades were meticulously installed and features of the former building reinstated. New joinery pieces were specifically created to act as covers for modern conveniences, doubling as panels or pieces of furniture.
The traditional layout of the house was flipped and again, as in the Ebury Street project, focus redirected towards the back and with the need to create an outdoor green space to offer respite in an urban context. A disused small courtyard at ground level was glazed, whereupon a new play of internal and external tropical-style gardens continues the fluidity of the open house. A play of reflections and illusions animates the rear garden that, with a glass roof come floor, moves seamlessly from outside to inside, up to down.