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A minimalist dream in London

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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This stunning residential extension and refurbishment in south London was completed by Tsuruta Architects, and as you will soon see, is truly a dream for those who are devoted to the clean lines and strict geometry of the minimalist style. Sitting at the end of a row of terrace houses, the original layout was typical to the era. The existing house had no relationship between the inside and outside spaces, therefore, the bathroom and kitchen were moved to the middle of the house, with the dining area located next to the garden. Many of the interior furnishings were flatpack design—something that you wouldn't realise unless told. Look out for the stairs, dining room table chairs and bed for this innovative and aesthetically pleasing design feature…

The exterior

The outside of the property pays homage to the typical brick frontages of the other terrace houses in the area. But, as you can see, with a twist. One of the original windows has been bricked up, and in the same pale yellow brick, some interesting design details have been added to the façade. The other point of difference is the whopping full-height glazing, which no doubt, bathes the room it touches in natural light.

The dining room

Our first glimpse inside the house is of a sleek, modern dining room. Raw and stripped back, the focus of this space is on the material quality of the furnishings and, of course, that wonderful view of south London. Instead of a centrally focussed chandelier or light source, curved globes have been attached to the ceiling and allowed to hang via a single chord. The large picture window, complete with minimalist window seat provides the occupants with the perfect spot to gaze at the world outside, read a book, or simply lay with the warmth of the sunshine on their face.

The kitchen

A truly industrial style kitchen can be seen here, complete with thin metal shelves, distressed concrete worktop and stunning brass tap. We're totally in awe of the subway tiles which act as a modern interpretation of a splashback, drawing our eye up from the base of the wall all the way to the ceiling line.

The bedroom

The bedroom is truly a minimalist's dream. The exposed brick wall, while blending into the material and colour palette, adds a touch of texture and variance to this muted space. Following this, the intricate wooden ceiling adds yet another point of difference, balancing the zigzag pattern seen on the base of the bed and lightly stained floorboards. What most people don't understand is that creating a balanced minimalist look is extremely difficult. While less is more, there is a fine line between sparse and comfortable. The designers have achieved a cosy, yet sleek with very little indeed.

The shower/bath area

The bathroom is really a unique sight—our first thought was, where on earth is the shower? If you look closely, you'll notice the spacing between the floor tiles. This clever design feature negates the need for partitioning or shower walls, retaining as much precious space as possible. The bathroom, like the kitchen, has a distinctly industrial feel about it through the use of brass fixtures, subway tiles and wrought iron bath tub feet. The other interesting element is the staircase, which just like origami, folds its way up the ceiling line.

To see another stellar minimalist style property, check out the following ideabook: homify 360°: A minimalist Japanese home

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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