United Kingdom-based practice Fraher Architects have renovated an old Victorian house located in south London. The original layout was very narrow with a set of corridor-like circulation spaces. A new CNC-cut dynamic staircase cuts across the building and creates multipurpose landings on each level. The staircase provides easy access to study and playroom areas.
From the architects, “The existing internal walls, chimney breasts, staircase and floors were removed, retaining only the facade, to enable the building floor levels to be dropped to create a sunken ground floor plan that enables a generous floor to ceiling height at loft level.
All new elements to the building are clad in douglas fir to create a visual legend for the building, whilst the existing walls are retained as painted plaster.
Removed floor levels are traced onto the walls, whilst locations of the existing building features such as the roof, staircase and decorative plaster work is cut into the faces of the joinery.
High levels of insulation, solar hot array and a wildflower roof lower the carbon footprint of the building, whilst the stripped out existing house provides firewood for the stove. The old house heats the new.”
Photography: Adam Scott