The project is a basement excavation and conversion to a 3-storey Edwardian townhouse in London. The Client brief required the introduction of a variety of social and ancillary spaces to extend the living accommodation in the family home. Typical of most period plans, the living and dining spaces are placed on the entrance level and ground floor. NORD’s proposal for the basement was to primarily create a large ‘flexible’ room that covered the entire floor plate.
Unusual to period homes, the new basement room now adds a much larger and continuous volume to the building – As a cinema space it creates an immersive experience and as a function room it comfortably accommodates 50 people. To service the space, NORD proposed a dedicated bar space offering an active focus to the centre of the room. A new bathroom and gym/spare room are also accommodated.
The simple palette of materials was proposed allowing a legible hierarchy to the project. White oiled oak boards provide visual continuity across the space with the expressed bronze plated steelwork balustrade and white concrete stair, plinth and worktop surfaces adding detail and subtle refinement to an otherwise muted palette.Location: London, UK Architects: NORD Architecture
Project name: Goldhurst Terrace
Photos: Charles Hosea