Moxon Architects have completed a grade 2 listed house conversion in Chelsea. The driver for this scheme has been to treat the existing structure as a geometric guide for the setting out of new material and spatial interventions. The space has been radically reconfigured throughout, to provide a fewer number of larger and better rooms, with additions to the top and bottom of the house increasing its volume by over a quarter.
The original structure is retained internally as traces within the new layout – differential materials and finishes follow the extents of the previous structure across the walls, floors and ceilings of the new space. This geometry sets up a framework for the use of the space: circulation and use has been established within these geometric confines, whilst simultaneously the house has become lighter and more open, reflecting the needs of the client.
The limed oak staircase overlooks a new double height which brings light deep into the lower ground floor and includes a high level library, pull out writing desk, secret compartments and library steps.
Moxon Architects are based in London and Scotland. Their overriding ambition is to bring architectural intelligence to bear on as wide a range of projects as possible, irrespective of scale or budget. To this end the practice actively pursues work in markedly different fields – current clients include organizations as varied as Somerset County Council, The Arts Council England and The Royal Parks Foundation.
In all instances we consciously attempt to apply imagination and enthusiasm; expressly not for the sake of novelty or uniqueness; but in order to provide our clients with the best and most appropriate design work that we can achieve.Location: Chelsea, UK
Architect: Moxon Architects Ltd. Project name: Chelsea Town House Client: Private
Photos: Simon Kennedy