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Architecture for London Renovates A Mid-Century Town House In Holland Park

Architecture for London Renovates A Mid-Century Town House In Holland Park

Ben Sage

This house lies on a mid-century modern residential complex in London‘s Holland Park designed by celebrated architects Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew. Built in 1966, the property features red brick terraces with integrated garages and generous communal gardens. Local practice Architecture for London was commissioned to refurbish the interior of the town house, including the addition of a rear extension facing the new outdoor area.

Original internal partitions were removed to create flexible open plan living spaces. A new winding stair is finished in powder coated steel and oak. This compact stair results in significant additional useable floor area on each level.

 Architecture for London Renovates A Mid-Century Town House In Holland Park

The rear extension at ground floor creates a new kitchen and social space with dual aspect views of the surrounding garden. White oiled oak flooring creates a clean contemporary finish to the space, while reflecting light deep into the room. Dark blue ceramic tiles in the garden draw inspiration from the original tiles at the entrance to each house. Bold colour highlights continue in the kitchen units, new stair and the geometric tiled bathroom.

 Architecture for London Renovates A Mid-Century Town House In Holland Park

At first floor, a flexible space can be separated with sliding doors to create a study, play room and a formal reception room overlooking the garden. The study is located in the original shiplap timber clad bay, that cantilevers over the main entrance.

 Architecture for London Renovates A Mid-Century Town House In Holland Park

The client drove the principle of colour that ran through the scheme’s interior design, inspired by Richard Roger’s house in Wimbledon built in the same year as this property. The house is finished with a selection of mid-century furniture in keeping with the era.

The scheme was a collaboration between a design focused client, Architecture for London and Liddicoat & Goldhill.

 Architecture for London Renovates A Mid-Century Town House In Holland Park

“Our clients for this project have a keen interest in modern architecture and had fallen in love with this beautifully crafted 20th century town house by Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew,” says Architecture for London Director Ben Ridley says. “The challenge for us was therefore to work sensitively to celebrate the existing qualities of the building, considering more substantial alterations only where original fabric was no longer suited to 21st century life. These alterations included large expanses of glazing to the rear and ank wall of the extended kitchen and a new stair that rationalised the circulation – providing more living space for the family at each level.”

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