High House

Our challenge was to create a series of contemporary living spaces in an existing Victorian terrace house and bring it into the 21st century.

Sited atop a steep hill in Hackney, East London, the design for the remodelling of this Victorian terrace house to form a contemporary family home, maximises its location to ensure abundant sunlight and open up views across London.

Dining and kitchen space beyond
Dining and lounge space beyond
First floor hallway
First floor hallway
First floor hallway
First floor hallway
First floor family bathroom
First floor bedroom looking into the hallway

“This is an acutely well-imagined four-bedroom house…the interiors are an excellent demonstration in combining sophisticated materials and craftmanship to create playful and dynamic living space.”

The Modern House
Master bedroom looking towards the twin shower
View from master bedroom outdoor terrace
View of master bedroom en-suite and outdoor terrace
Outdoor terrace

Aspirations for modern living established the need for major reconstruction of the existing building fabric. Construction works included the demolition of the existing single-storey rear extension, replacing this with a two-storey to open up the ground floor living area. This provided a generous kitchen space with large windows looking onto a mature garden while, on the first floor, the addition allows for a large family bathroom with adjoining laundry room.

The addition of a new mansard roof extension houses the owners’ bedroom, including an en-suite, twin shower room and roof terrace with views to the City.

Ground plan proposed
First floor plan proposed
Second floor plan proposed
Elevations proposed
Section proposed

We were commissioned as the project was nearing the end of its planning permission. The client was keen for us to re-look at the design making minimal changes to the external appearance, and instead concentrating on the internal spatial arrangements. Due to the planning deadline, we had to respond quickly to the challenge of revising the design and commissioning a contractor.

Ground and first floor model
Ground and first floor model
Second floor model
Long section showing the staircase
Staircase model exploring the materiality

“Our time and effort was spent in considering the look and feel of materials, combining these to create a warm and calm interior and creating a refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life.”

Juliet Quintero
Material palette

A limited palette of finishes is used throughout the house. Timber adds warmth and texture: Douglas fir, oak and spruce, on the floor, walls and exposed timber beams, respectively. The addition of an oak timber staircase and wall creates a new vertical element that connects the ground level to the upper floors. Teak flooring in the new shower room runs between the inside and outside terrace, separated by a black-framed crittall screen.

The first floor bathroom is equally generous; a light-filled space with highly polished brass fittings contrasting with a cast concrete sink and mottled grey walls and floors and a bath with a commandeering view through the treetops.


London 2017
Private client
Collaborators: Hanridge Services
Photography: Francesco Russo & The Modern House

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