Alexander Place is a Grade II listed Georgian terrace house renovation and extension project in the Thurloe Estate conservation area in South Kensington, London.
Working within the parameters of listed building restrictions, the design brief was to redefine the functional layout and flow of the house on all floors, providing new links between spaces and extending where possible to maximize footprint. The premise behind the design was to maintain the spirit of the architecture and unify new design concepts within the context of the building.
The new rear extension was designed to work in harmony with the existing Georgian façade whilst playing with contemporary detailing and finishes.
In the kitchen, the extension features a refined industrial aesthetic. Polished concrete and black steel elements wrap around the working kitchen space. This is set within a bright south-facing extension with a glass roof that maximises light.
The kitchen was designed in collaboration with MannMade London.
The units are a combination of spray-lacquered burgundy red and diamond Richlite with bespoke handles. The tops are Anticato Granite with a combed edge detail, set within a blackened steel island frame.
As showcased in Elle Decoration, UK, March 2018.
The approach to the interior focused around introducing contemporary design elements and finishes, whilst still maintaining the historical significance of this listed property.
Key to the approach was to create an open flow, with individual spaces that demarcated specific functions within the space. The fun in design is when these separate areas converge.
New finishes include Aguise parquet flooring, Farrow and Ball tones and bespoke feature lighting throughout; as well as proprietary interior architecture features including a free-standing steel and glass walk-in master shower unit.
“When designing within a listed property, it is essential to find the right balance between the period features of the house and searching for that new contemporary aesthetic to ensure the old and the new coexist in harmony with one-another”.
Dark and moody tones create intensity in rooms that benefit from good, natural light. In these spaces, subtle features play out to provide a soft contrast against the rich backdrop.