Steele’s Highway Home / Neiheiser Argyros
Textual content description supplied by the architects. The Steele’s Highway Home renovates and extends a Victorian-era terrace home in West London, opening the ground plan, bringing in additional pure gentle, and connecting the inside with a big rear backyard. The primary goals of the challenge had been to attach the home with the backyard and to visually ‘increase’ the inside house of the home with out essentially including extra space.
The design might be understood as a collection of small spatial modifications that accumulate to make a considerably greater and brighter house. Inside partitions are eliminated and new structural bracing is launched, permitting for the residing areas to be considerably enlarged with steady views from the entrance to the again of the home. The shared residing areas of the home are organized on the raised floor flooring with the non-public bedrooms positioned on the decrease floor flooring the place aspect extensions and localized structural underpinning enlarge the footprint of the home and maximize its performance for a rising younger household.
New exterior patios are created on every stage, forming a brand new floor that visually and bodily extends the interiors exterior, terracing up and down to attach with the backyard The prevailing yard floor is excavated and terraced in order that the decrease stage bedrooms can straight entry a newly planted backyard. In the same technique, a small current balcony is reworked right into a beneficiant terrace that additionally connects the higher stage extra seamlessly with the backyard. Clay pavers on the bottom and a deep crimson railing reinforce the bodily and visible continuity between the higher terrace, backyard, and decrease patio.
The decrease floor extension is expressed in stained Accoya wooden cladding, defining a transparent modern break from the Victorian detailing above. Beneficiant new skylights are strategically positioned to filter gentle deep into the ground plan. A inexperienced roof on the brand new rear terrace visually connects the backyard and the lifetime of the home on the higher floor stage as properly.
On the inside, it’s a means of modifying; strategically eradicating partitions, slicing new openings, stripping off layers of plaster and paint, and having a lightweight contact with the selection of latest supplies to permit the house to breathe and really feel extra open. Some authentic options of the home such because the fireplaces and ceiling moldings are retained and renovated. In different places, the unique plaster partitions are stripped away to disclose and specific the underlying brick masonry. New metal and glass doorways and home windows complement the prevailing home options with an industrial aesthetic. There may be an general method to materiality that celebrates the fundamental and the tactile – with stable large plank Douglas Fir flooring all through, Carrara marble on the counter tops within the kitchen, and cementitious pink terrazzo within the hallway and new stairs.
Coloration has been used sparingly and intentionally to convey consideration to particular options, emphasize continuity, and mark thresholds. As a result of the general materials palette is impartial, elemental, and uncooked, the colourful parts turn out to be extra highly effective. A pink balustrade and pink door frames outline the entry house, darkish blue cupboards distinction with the lightness of the Carrara marble and Douglas Fir flooring within the kitchen, whereas within the backyard the crimson railing reinforces the continuity between the 2 patios and echoes the crimson of the native crab apple timber. Within the entry to the master suite, darkish blue partitions and joinery create a transitional darkish house that emphasizes the brightness of the bed room past.