The house is a locallly listed semi detatched villa in De Beavoir which in the last last century was used as a millinery workshop. In the twentieth century the incremental workshop additions to the rear were removed with new parts added to the side. However the side addition removed the original access to the lower ground floor making it impenetrable from the front and accessible only from the upper ground floor via a warren of small cellular spaces.
The brief was to open up the lower ground floor and to extend the house outboard into the rear garden. Furthermore, to refine the circulation and create a direct access to the lower ground floor from the front garden.
The new lower ground floor is now accessd directly underneath the steps to the main front door above at upper ground floor level. A new spine has been formed through the centre of the house tying in the vertical circulation and leading out through the new kitchen diner into the mature garden beyond. The new extended space is cut into the ground to achieve a more generous volume for the extended areas . The material palette externally consists of hand selected mixed London stocks and bronze anodized aluminium frames and reveals to the glazing. Polished concrete has been used both externally and internally for the floor finishes. Internally wall and cupboard finishes are predominanly white with marble worksurfaces with brass trims and fittings.