Proposals for the poorly configured spaces transform this un-inspirational apartment into a spacious luxury maisonette, occupying the second and third floors of this of West Kensington mid-terrace building.
The design centred around a creative response to an increasingly common situation many top floor maisonettes have - generous internal space, but no access to rooftop gardens or accessible storage.
The existing compartmentalised rooms were in-efficiently organised and were constrained to performing single functions, meaning that the living space was to the rear of the property with the dining and kitchen areas split apart and located toward the front. The clients objectives were to combine the living, dining and kitchen areas toward the front of the house to increase daylight, and to create a flexible bedroom / living space to the rear and create a private rooftop terrace to enjoy a gin and tonic in the setting evening sun.
The stair connecting entry level and the bedroom to the top floor was removed and replaced with a bespoke custom designed stair that allowed for storage within the treads. Beautifully finished in white oak, the treads became a feature of the home.
The extension to the top floor opens onto a newly provided private terrace, and was designed to retain an existing lightwell to the stairs below. This created a framework for a compositional form that maximised daylight to the bedroom through thin framed glazing and a minimal edged Corten steel cladding. Clad in sheets of weathering steel that naturally patinate to match the red brick and tiles of the surrounding architecture, the extension blends old and new in a delicate juxtaposition of form and materiality.