The two top floors of the iconic Westbourne Grove Church were converted by DOS Architects into a stunning home in the heart of Notting Hill, London, England. The clients wanted to create a space of openness and transparency, combining their desire for cutting-edge technology with a love of clean, luxurious designs, while respecting the traditional Gothic details of this historic building. The entire 4,300 square foot apartment is centered around a large double-height, light-filled space framed by spectacular arched windows, perfectly encapsulating the views beyond.
Our clients wanted interiors and design features to highlight, and not compete with the beauty of the church. In this way, the cantilevered glass staircase and glass-walled master bathroom are perfectly set-off against the Gothic arched windows. The new lay-out adds space and natural light to the entire home, while allowing for a seamless balance between areas to entertain in and those which remain private throughout this spectacular penthouse.
Photos: Courtesy of DOS Architects
Ensconced in a beautiful, leafy corner of Brook Green, DOS Architects have turned two classic Victorian terraces into one outstanding family home on Souldern Road, London, UK. The client’s vision was a bright, modern and spacious home which the architects achieved by retaining the overall structure of the 4,574 square foot (425 square meters) house and creating an ambitious rear extension. The result is a gracious double-height void which connects the kitchen and dining room on the lower floor to the rest of the public areas of the house.
The glass box is flanked by a cantilevered shear wall, serving to realign the house on a north-south axis. The new volume of the house is a natural continuation of the house’s existing geometry, and we used material contrasts to create a smooth but visually exciting contrast between the indoor and outdoor spaces. We are very proud of this entirely liveable, comfortable and yet definitively stylish home which our clients tell us they now never want to leave.
Photos: Courtesy of DOS Architects
Little Venice is a recently completed house extension by DOS Architects in the very desirable Little Venice neighborhood of West London, England, United Kingdom. The architecturally sensitive building was a Grade II-listed Victorian semi-detached house. The architects brief was “to inject a breath of fresh air into the property while keeping some of the splendid features and character with which our client had fallen in love when first viewing the property,” states the architects.
From the architects: This led us to focus our intervention on the lower ground floor, where most of the original features had already been removed by the previous owners. In order to create a more family-friendly space on the lower ground floor, we chose to free up some of the internal partitions and add a rear extension to draw more natural light into the property. The extension, consisting of a high-tech stainless steel frame with glass inserts, became a bold addition to the house that, we believe, further enhances the beauty of both architectures by virtue of their contrasting nature.
Photos: Courtesy of DOS Architects
Holland Park Avenue is a beautiful four-story Georgian house that has been updated by DOS Architects in London, England, United Kingdom. At the request of the client, this Grade II listed home was in need of modern updates while at the same time keeping its original quirks while creating a perfect family home – with all the latest creature comforts – which would simultaneously form the ideal backdrop for a truly spectacular art collection. This 5,382 square feet (500 square meters) masterpiece was originally built by a renowned artist, where natural light was at the heart of the construction. “Our aim was to perfectly complement this with cleverly installed and complimentary artificial lighting throughout,” states the architects.
Because the facade is untouchable, we set about altering the interior ceiling heights and updating the lay-out and technology throughout. On the top floor, the artist’s studio has been transformed into a spectacular master bedroom, featuring the double-height vaulted windows onto the garden below. Our aim was to complement the fantastic art and our client’s decor, and judging from the attention this property has since received in the press, we think we did just that.
Photos: Courtesy of DOS Architects
Responding sensitively to the existing Edwardian architecture, Chevron House designed by Andy Martin Architects is a new five bedroom family house in a creative suburb of West London, England. Inspired by the architecture of the existing elegantly proportioned spaces, the design sets out to exaggerate, by scaling the space by removing walls, and attaching new space to create a large Edwardian warehouse on each of the three levels. The ground floor, the public level is essentially one space which is divided only by the use of color and material. On the second and third levels, the private floors, bedrooms merge into bathrooms and visa versa.
The rear of the property has new extensions off both the living and kitchen reaching into the garden to absorb the light from the south. The clients brief to use color extensively was applied in such that the walls and ceilings are left light in color (off white) and that only elements or interventions (joinery etc) would be strongly colored giving the house a lighter atmosphere with greater sense of perspective.
The client is a collector of contemporary British art and it was also an important part of the brief for AMA to how one may integrate it within the house.
Photos: Courtesy of Andy Martin Architects
Designer Ebba Thott of Sigmar transforms a Notting Hill Flat for a client who wanted to achieve the feel of 1930′s Vienna, in the fashionable neighborhood of Notting Hill, London, England. This was achieved through a muted grey scale, with dramatic dark woodwork to contrast and plenty of vintage touches. The designer used a blend of Scandinavian modernism and English eclecticism in the interiors—an apt reflection of the far-flung travels of both designer and client (who is an American in London).
In the photograph above, the bookshelf was designed by Sigmar, along with the ladder. It needed to house the owner’s large collection of books, as well as accommodate the existing radiators. The backdrop for the interior is various grey shades, while the green and red provide bright accents. The walls and bookshelf are painted in London Cloud from the Damo collection, available at Sigmar. The woodwork is Cocoa, also from Damo.
The designer brings an Old World feel to the entrance hall (reminiscent of those in prewar New York apartment buildings) with the main feature being a vintage Thonet bench upholstered in a checkered black-and-white fabric.
The floor has stone slabs in the middle, which is hard and durable, great for an entrance. The stone is edged with the same oak planks that flow through the rest of the house. The walls are painted in Sure Grey from the Damo collection, available at Sigmar.
A view from the entrance towards the living room. Reclaimed oak floors throughout the flat introduce a relaxed warmth.
A painting from the owner’s contemporary art collection hangs in the hallway.
A detail from the living room in which the accent colors of the room are picked up on. “The green on the lampshade and cushion is a lovely pea green,” Thott says. “I was inspired by the green in some of the paintings in the client’s beautiful and quirky art collection and used it to tie the room together.
The dining room generously opens up to the living room allowing a flow between the rooms. The colours in the two rooms correlate to create a link through the flat. The walls are painted in Sure Grey from the Damo collection, available at Sigmar.
In the bedrooms you can afford to break off from the dark woodwork in the rest of the flat and go for a more traditional white. The walls are painted in London Cloud from the Damo collection, available at Sigmar.
A detail of the bedside table from the guest bedroom. The switches are built into the bed and are completely flush.
A steel four-poster bed adds a modern note to the wallpapered bedroom in Marthe Armitage’s oak leaf in a custom blue. The ladder is custom, as designed by Sigmar.
A detail from the master bedroom. A small shelf hold a selection of books next to an armchair. The master bedroom is wallpapered in Marthe Armitage’s oak leaf in a custom blue.
Toilets are a place for being expressive. In this small space the beautiful blue tiles break off an otherwise all white bathroom. The Blueware tiles are patterned with photographic-negative images of pressed weeds from London streets.
Photos: Petr Krejci
Bermondsey Warehouse Loft is situated in an industrial building that was formerly used as a tin and zinc factory, completely refitted by FORM Design Architecture in Bermondsey, a district in south London, United Kingdom. The industrial character and scale had previously been lost beneath raised floors, lowered ceilings and partitions in this 1,119 square foot (110 square meters loft).
Storage, bathroom & utility functions are contained within a sharply-detailed block ‘parked’ in the corner of the now fully revealed Loft space, with a similarly detailed linear kitchen counter block. A concealed sliding wall allows the sleeping area to be enclosed if required. At the other end, a full width counter provides a work area for the photographer owner. In between are flexible zones for dining, relaxing and exercise.
Apart from the unfinished floorboards, all surfaces are finished in white, the crisp machine-made quality of the solid acrylic blocks setting them apart from the more hand-made and time-weathered surface textures of the original industrial building. Surface finishes within the service block are in dark grey, accenting the idea of a fruit or jewel-case-like object with a smooth exterior skin contrasting with a darker, sensual core.
AR Design Studio just sent us their latest project, 4 Views, a private house situated in a prominent location overlooking the city of Winchester, United Kingdom and its beautiful surrounding countryside. This striking upside-down build contrasts with its conventional neighbors, displaying a flat over hanging roof, dark grey brick, cedar cladding and grey aluminum framed windows. In 2011 the architects were approached by a couple wishing to build a new house. They wanted a life experience to immerse themselves in, having recently lost a daughter; a project that would give them a positive focus and a fresh start for them and their family.
Taking responsibility for their brief very seriously, research into building a house that could help them move forward, heal and bring them happiness began. Through extensive research we found a wealth of information on the connection between good architecture and its positive effects on restoring health. We were given a ‘free hand’ with its design, around a wish for a garden within. The conceptual drive behind this house was the principle of the 3 N’s: Nature, Natural light and Natural air. The form of the replacement house is defined by four interlocking boxes, the negative space at their center forms a ‘Zen’ garden, with a single olive tree at its heart.
This simple layout became the foundation on which the principles of the 3N’s could be built, allowing them to be incorporated into all aspects of the design. A connection to nature has long been believed as good for one’s body and soul. This house connects with nature through three stunning, far reaching views of the South Downs. The long views inspiring the couple to look forward to the future, the courtyard giving space for inward private and reflective times. Subsequently, the house has become known as 4 Views.
The extensive glazing to walls, roof lights and open central garden allow natural light to flood the upper floor, giving a generous feeling of space. The skylights create an enchanting backdrop to the interior, the spaces constantly alive with light and shadow from passing clouds, providing a stimulating continual connection to the elements.
Large sliding panels of glass to the primary elevation and courtyard ensure natural ventilation and also a free flow of natural fresh air.
The courtyard, large balcony and huge covered patio are all designed to offer healthy outdoor living options regardless of weather.
The bedrooms and snug are intentionally darker, giving a cozier retreat downstairs. Views from here frame the garden, contrasting the extended views from the first floor and in turn emphasizing the ground floor as a private retreat for the family.
Photos: Martin Gardner
The Glass House is a modern renovation and extension designed by AR Design Studio in Winchester, England. The home was originally built by the Earl of Airlie in 1856 while he served as Camp Commandant at the nearby Peninsular Barracks military base and split into two more modestly sized dwellings in the 1950s. Since then, the servants’ quarters had fallen into a state of disrepair after the unfortunate passing of a sole elderly owner. It remained vacant for a number of years, until the long-time occupants of the Manor House sought to retire and move into the more manageable servants’ quarters which overlooked the surrounding grasslands and turn it into their dream home.
From the architect: It is not every day that a body is found buried on your building site, but on a summer’s morning in 2012 this is exactly what happened while builders were laying foundations for RIBA award-winning architects AR Design Studio’s latest project. By 6pm they had found another 2.
After the initial astonishment, the Police and later a team of Archaeologists were brought in who thankfully identified the remains as being of Roman origin. After a period of intense excavation, it was confirmed as a site of Archaeological importance when further evidence of Roman burials and defensive fortifications were uncovered, including the discovery of a rare Roman burial urn. Once the site was cleared of artefacts and the bodies taken to the local museum for research, work on the building could continue.
These ancient findings further added to the already rich historical context of the property situated in the town of Winchester, the old Roman capital of England. The project was to convert the original servants’ quarters of the large Manor House that overlooked the surrounding grasslands. It was built by the Earl of Airlie in 1856 while he served as Camp Commandant at the nearby Peninsular Barracks military base and split into two more modestly sized dwellings in the 1950s.
Since then, the servants’ quarters had fallen into a state of disrepair after the unfortunate passing of a sole elderly owner. It remained vacant for a number of years, until the long-time occupants of the Manor House sought to retire and move into the more manageable servants’ quarters and turn it into their dream home.
The owner’s love of glass fuelled their brief to construct a beautifully simple sculptural glass staircase and a contemporary glass extension, situated at the rear of the property in the space created by the ‘C’ shape of the building, which would open itself up to the garden.
The couple approached AR Design Studio Chartered Architects because of their experience in dealing with glass architecture and their interest in how this material can be used to create seamless relationships between inside and outside space, between the man-made and nature.
Hidden from view behind the buildings traditional facade, the finished extension is an elegant piece of modern contemporary glass architecture. It completely reinvents the feel and atmosphere of the previously dark and cramped servants’ quarters; all within the rich and poignant historical context of the site.
The concept was to provide a clean and light architectural intervention alongside the traditional shell of the building which would positively affect the feel and functionality of the property. The spaces are designed to accentuate a play between light and dark; contrasting from the bright and open communal spaces to the more subtle and secluded, almost cave-like retreat spaces in the old house.
The existing layout was clarified; vertical voids were cut through the house to unite the cellar, ground and first floors and redirect the flow of the house to naturally draw the user towards the new glass space at the heart of the home.
The strategic placement of the large roof light floods the entrance hall with sunlight that tracks through the double-height space with the time of day and the seasons.
This extremely light and spacious frameless glass extension houses the open-plan kitchen, living and dining areas. As the delicate structure reaches over to form the walls and roof of the extension, it creates a flexible inside/outside space allowing sunlight to flood through the home and filter down gradually, creating beautiful shards of light and shadow.
As a contrast to the extension, the formal lounge, study and dining room have a more sheltered and embracing nature. Upstairs, the Glass House has 4 large double bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom. The master suite has its own walk-in wardrobe and views overlooking the garden and the top of the glass extension below. All the essentials have been accounted for, in the form of utility and laundry rooms, study and WC that flank the glass box.
Timber ceramic tiling was used as an innovative alternative to traditional timber flooring because it does not discolour in the weather and is a perfect surface to compliment the underfloor heating throughout. This allowed for a seamless floor finish running from the inside to the outside onto the cantilevered patio.
The rest of the house is finished to a minimal and clean appearance to allow the functional glass structures to stand out as exquisite pieces of sculptural art in their own right.
Whilst still retaining a subtle street appearance, the finished property now renamed Clarkes, is completely transformed from its previous gloomy and decrepit nature. The modern renovation and extension creates a light, airy and open living environment bursting with traditional values, contemporary style and innovative design.
Photos: Martin Gardner
Cat Hill Barn is nestled in the rolling hills of Yorkshire, an historic county of Northern England, constructed in the late 16th century as a beautiful grade II listed barn. Designed by Liverpool-based Snook Architects, the 3,810 square foot (354 square meters) home originally had some problems with the local planning office, yet won permission on appeal, with the provision of a restrained aesthetic of the scheme which deliberately avoided being too domestic in appearance. The architects created a flowing open plan interior that avoided compartmentalization and opened up to reveal the splendor and scale of the original barn and its trusses. Snook completed the scheme in 2012 and subsequently received two nominations in the 2013 RIBA awards in the regional category and small projects. Snook won in both categories.
The main living spaces read as one generous volume set off by the new pegged oak trusses and stone fireplace. This space alludes to an upper floor by a floating glass gallery that neatly separates the main bedroom from the children’s bedrooms.
The budget was extremely tight but the keenness of a local contractor and the proximity of the joinery workshop all helped to keep costs down. Avoiding the tendency to planner-twee that bedevils so many barn conversions, this simple scheme builds on the lofty agricultural aesthetic and injects it with all the intimacy and fun of a good domestic project.
Photos: Andy Haslam