The principle driver for design of this refurbishment was to bring light and create space within a compact footprint to make a comfortable pied-a-terre for the clients.
Internal partitions were removed to maximize the sense of space and flow of the plan and allow the sculptural stair to sit proudly as a centrepiece and permeable screen to the entrance hall. The stepping of the stair allows it to float and the floor to continue seamlessly under reinforcing the flow of space throughout.
The glazed doors to the courtyard garden slide away opening up the corner, again reinforcing the notion of openness and affords a seamless flow between inside and out and creates an extra ‘room’ to the bijou property.
Wall panelling to the perimeter cleverly conceals both storage and ancillary spaces such as the ground floor WC and access to the garage, minimizing wall clutter which is key in such a tight space.
The combination of shades of off-white on the walls and warm timber on the floor create a space that feels modern and clean but welcoming at the same time. The folded steel staircase sits effortlessly in the centre of the plan allowing for light to penetrate through. The steel handrail continues the materiality of the stair and leads the user continuously through the house, and up to the master suite above.