The Sri Lankan owner of this mid-Victorian London house had very definite ideas about his ideal home: hislifestyle – that of constant international travel – was the driving force behind his need for simplicity.
The majority of the work undertaken to convert the semi-derelict property required a like-minded architect and a skilled builder to achieve such a polished result. Much of the design relies on the use of the fine materials and a creative exploitation of glass. Instead of removing the hall wall, glass panels were inserted into sections of it, providing a glimpse through to the ground-floor living-room.
A section of the stripped pine floor was also removed and replaced with glass, and by hanging two large oil paintings by the same artist above and below the gap a sense of airiness and space was achieved.
The basement was opened up to house the kitchen and dining area. A conveyor-belt swathe of American walnut was taken from the window at the front, up and over the island unit, along the floor and formed into the dining-table. The work units behind were custom-made in walnut and stainless steel. Bedrooms and bathrooms are equally seamless and smooth.