Studio 29 has completely re-designed, refurbished and extended this maisonette apartment in Maida Vale, W9 to suit the needs of a young couple with one child.
In the basement an open plan living area contains dining area, kitchen, enclosed cloakroom, storage units and utility area and a sitting room facing the garden.
The rear garden has been partially excavated to provide a terrace for eating outside and again to allow more light to the interior. Internal lighting was chosen carefully and used to visually enhance the space so it feels taller and wider.
On the upper floor three bedrooms and a family bathroom are laid out to maximise the existing space. New glazed doors and a Juliet balcony fitted to new opening opened up the rear elevation and sliding glass panels at basement level have been installed to increase the light entering the open space.
The result is a spacious, airy, light flat that functions well as a family home.
Some time we are asked to intervene only on one or few areas of a property.
In this case the clients felt the need to review their basement and to build an extension at first floor level to house their master bathroom, so that the current one could be converted in a dressing room.
We are now half way through the building works and we start seeing the improvements of the new design.
The basement walls have been remodelled opening up the chimney breasts to contain the kitchen and adding a fireplace towards the garden end and, at first floor, the bathroom extension is completed and new big openings let natural light in to the central dressing room.
Also the details are coming together: white plaster on the walls that reflects light and provide a neutral warm background, raw concrete for the fireplace cantilevered hearth, walnut wood in the bathrooms to add some natural touch and the big bespoken bath clad in white and silver mosaic to provide a mini home-spa.
As tassels are a finishing touch to both furnishings and garments, and everybody loves a little touch of luxury, we thought we would add one to our Christmas cards this year, in seasonal red to add some pop to the mantelpieces.
Comfort and joy are the key words of all our projects, so the wishes were an easy choice!
Sitting like a shimmering badly wrapped Christmas present the structure glistens in the sun. This year’s Serpentine Pavilion is whimsical and fun.
The delicate hues of the plastic skin give the building a delicate, living, light feel almost like it is hovering. Plastic woven ribbons contribute some texture and direction and project interesting silhouettes.
Once inside one feels rather like standing inside a rainbow, but for the distinct smell of hot plastic.
The floor is white and slightly reflective and strangely dips to the centre of the space contributing to the organic feeling of this “creature”.
It does have an oasis-like charm to it and in a heavy downpour it could create a pleasant hideaway. The pavilion is quite a novelty but indeed it was only built for temporary measures it cannot claim to be sustainable nor stringent in design but it is fun!
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