Design Style: Modern
Location: Wandsworth, London
Similar to various other back land sites that challenge London architects, this project was also implemented on a tight site. However, challenges were successfully transformed into opportunities, and in the end Will Caradoc-Hodgkins from 4D Studio liked the location so much that he chose it for his own home.
The main house, located on the site bound on three sides by a school and existing homes, was constructed for previous clients by 4D Studio’s own architects and interior designers. For this project, the team was asked to significantly alter the interiors to complement the lifestyles of the new owners: an artist and an antiques dealer.
The tricky site resulted in various restrictions, including a lack of incoming natural light for the interiors. To overcome this, large areas of roof glazing were included in the house’s design to usher in a fresh batch of light and aerial views all day long.
In addition, the soft neutrals of the interior colour palette also successfully reflect the incoming light to illuminate the spaces even more.
For the ground floor, the original polished concrete flooring was covered by a matt-poured resin surface with underfloor heating. This ensures brilliant light reflection for the interiors’ 20th century art and furniture, which demand specific requirements for proper displaying.
Thanks to the vast sloping glazed roof, a terrific amount of natural light floods into the interiors, enough to help illuminate the ground floor where the dining room is situated. The roof glazing is also used to great effect over the bathrooms.
Although not quite as illuminated as the adjoining dining area, the kitchen is far from gloomy thanks to the open-plan layout and its pale colour palette.
The central area of the house, which is lit up fantastically by the glazed roof, is overlooked by a spacious balcony that peers out over the downstairs dining area.