Paddington House


This project is a Victorian terrace house, the end terrace of a row of five. It was substantially altered in the 1970’s with removal of all the internal fabric (staircase, fireplaces, timber windows etc) and additions typical of 1970’s ‘terrace house modern’. Subsequently there was nothing of the original house worth saving, apart from the front and side walls. As the adjacent terraces were altered similarly, the rear secondary sections of the house had no historic references to maintain, giving a generous design scope.

The main concept for the house was to take advantage of the northerly aspect and views and create a contemporary space to compliment the location.The brief was to create living areas that connect visually across the ground floor levels, to maximise natural light into the house and to achieve three bedrooms and three bathrooms into what was originally a two bedroom, two bathroom house.

Steel framed stairs fabricated in Italy, were designed to span the width of the terrace while creating a sculptural element to the Living room. The stairs extend up a double height stairwell, lit by northern louvred windows, streaming natural light into the centre of the house. The rear section of the house is constructed of four levels of concrete slabs, with polished floors and exposed ceilings and walls to the lower levels creating contemporary clean spaces.

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