A stark, simple layout is more challenging than a busy, detailed space to design, with every material, joint highly visible. Here, the architects have included a single door to separate spaces on the ground floor; when open, it hides within the supporting wall. A step down to the polished-concrete floor of the kitchen delineates the lounging and eating spaces – as does the double-sided fireplace, glazed to allow sight-lines between the two rooms. The flexibly built kitchen features a central island. It doubles as a work-space and also conceals a nested dining table. Tucked into one side of the home, the shower room benefits from a private dividing wall and a floating catwalk for the pets to enjoy.
The architects used the front side area for bicycle storage so that they would not pass the bikes through the house. The entrance space got redesigned to allow for a built-in bench with shoe storage underneath. A hidden-when-open fire door creates the only barrier with the rest of the ground floor open plan. The reception area remained at the front of the house. The wall next to the previously non-functional fireplace got demolished to allow for passage and view to the kitchen. The fireplace got replaced with a two-sided ”window” fireplace to allow both the reception area and the kitchen to benefit from it.
A single wall division provides privacy for the shower room area on the ground floor and at the same time acts as a catwalk on the top for the couple’s two cats with access from the main staircase going up.
The kitchen floor is lowered to allow for a mental separation from the rest of the areas and its polished concrete with the reflective surface adds to the ambient light. A central island provides some additional workspace and flexibility for the rest of the space as the kitchen table can slide and hide in it.
A newly created space next to the kitchen is being used as a Japanese style seating/ work area a bit more isolated from the rest of the areas but directly connected at the same time and can also assume various uses. This seating area and the kitchen now have a direct connection to the garden with two large sliding folding doors. The new extension incorporates a green roof and a large skylight above the seating area.
Project by Scenario Architecture
Photography by Matthew Clayton