The demolition and conversion of a 200 square metre Victorian house for a private developer. The challenge was to design a spacious and well-lit home out of a dark and cramped sequence of rooms. We did this by opening up the rooms of this three storey terraced mews house and by then placing them around a top lit stair. The stair forms the key narrative around otherwise neutral spaces. Its distinct design lets light through the steps. It is all about creating a generous and even glamorous feel. In this way, the stair regains a perhaps historical purpose of emphasis in the overall design of the home. We also made room for a new basement and, through the design of the staircase as well as additional light-wells, we were able to successfully connect this underground space to the rest of the house.
Engineer: Webb Yates
Contractor: JH Builders