The London-based firm has refurbished and reconfigured this house in Highgate. Part of an Italianate terrace where behind it, you can find the Abbey Road housing co-op, and the design was developed with that in mind.
On the lower ground, there is an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area that looks directly onto the estate through floor-to-ceiling glazing.
“The modern intervention is articulated as a clean cut into the original building fabric, into which a sleeve of modern architecture is inserted,” said the architects.
“The renovation creates a white and raw-concrete frame through which to view the neighboring building, visually recasting it as a found-object modern art installation,” added the designers.
The tiled floor from the overhauled house, continues out onto the external courtyard, providing a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor living areas.
Retaining walls containing planters and steps leading to a raised terrace are cast in crisply detailed concrete to create a visual link to the materiality of the brutalist buildings and the simplicity of the white cabinetry.
The lower-ground level is connected to the rest of the house by a staircase featuring open timber risers. These risers intersect with a glass balustrade, lending them a sense of weightlessness.