Nicknamed ‘The Tardis’, the brief developed as a remodelling of a mews house to create a large basement that didn’t feel like a basement. We wanted to maximise floor area, which is at a premium in central London, and create a light filled surprise behind the modest brick façade.
CONNECTING SPACE AND LIGHT Living spaces are spread over two floors and connected by a double height space to create a sense of drama and allow natural light to reach the basement areas. Multi-aspect glazing allows light to reach the internal spaces throughout the day.
OUTDOOR SPACE There are strong connections to outside through large, fully retractable glazed openings to a ground floor courtyard garden and generously planted basement lightwell. A skylight in the courtyard floor illuminates the kitchen via splayed openings.
GLAZED CONNECTION A two-storey glazed infill extension creates triple height space when viewed from the basement. A 5.5 metre tall sliding door arrangement creates a dramatic entrance and simple connection between adjoining buildings. The glazing specialist initially thought the design was unachievable, but working together with their engineer and in-house team, we were able to realise the design.