A plywood-lined staircase, red-steel beams and exposed-brick surfaces seem all through this maisonette in west London, which has been overhauled by Francesco Pierazzi Architects.
The maisonette takes over the upper-ground and first flooring of a brick residential constructing within the Notting Hill neighbourhood, overlooking one other growth designed by architects Terry Farrell and Nicholas Grimshaw within the 1970s.
Its proprietor needed to transform the world beneath the house’s steep roof into an extra bed room and to reconfigure the general flooring plan to enhance the quantity of house accessible.
“ The problem of the mission was to plan an unique inside on three ranges with no alterations to the facades, whereas concurrently maximising the inner flooring space,” defined southeast London-based follow Francesco Pierazzi Architects, which was tasked with the re-design.
The decrease flooring has been opened as much as create a big open-plan kitchen, eating and dwelling house.
Two giant bedrooms occupy the center flooring, whereas one bed room has been re-located to sit down on the brand new prime flooring beneath the roof. Circulation house has additionally been decreased on the center flooring to create extra spacious wash amenities.
Larissa Johnston arranges minimal London residence round plywood field
The follow enhanced the house’s sense of top by inserting floor-to-ceiling doorways in its extra slim rooms and creating skylights above the double-height house on the prime flight of stairs.
The brick shell of the home has been labored into the inside. Uncovered-brick surfaces now characteristic within the entrance hallway, lounge, research space and loft, the place there are additionally timber and red-painted metal beams.
“The choice [to expose the brick] was pushed by the thought of enhancing and emphasising these pre-existing structural parts that have been constructed with ‘poor’ supplies – reminiscent of construction-grade bricks – and lack of refinement, such because the crude structural connections,” the follow’s eponymous founder advised Dezeen.
“They create textures and distinction to information the customers by means of the areas. I significantly preferred the ornamental qualities of each bricks and metal beams,” he continued.
“I additionally preferred the thought of surrendering to a situation that I couldn’t management and plan. I realise that as designers we tend to plan and coordinate an excessive amount of. On this event, I needed to let the present construction take a number one position within the design, virtually as if – to a level – the home was designing itself.”
A birch plywood-lined staircase that extends by means of the house’s three flooring has been put in, full with a recessed handrail.
Partitions all through the house have been washed with white paint and the flooring are gray vinyl. A bright-white sideboard in the lounge can be inlaid with a slab of veiny marble.
Pierazzi defined that his use of contrasting textures and supplies is knowledgeable by phenomenology – the philosophical research of human consciousness and the way in which by which we expertise issues.
“After I speak about a phenomenological method to design I consult with the philosophy of [French philosopher] Maurice Merleau-Ponty,” he stated.
“Merleau-Ponty pressured that the physique is the first website of realizing the world, in opposition to the extra conventional method that states that consciousness is the informant of information.”
“I exploit the phenomenological method by assuming that the physique of the customers of my initiatives will react and turn out to be lively and stimulated if subjected to textures, distinction of supplies, sure gentle situations, vistas that direct one’s view, or by creating very slim areas or corridors that result in surprising broad rooms,” he concluded.
Again in 2017, architect Larissa Johnston overhauled a maisonette in London’s Islington, arranging its inside round a central plywood field. The amount accommodated the house’s kitchen, stairs, and an abundance of cupboard space to maintain dwelling areas clutter-free.
Pictures is by Lorenzo Zandri.