Cannon Place is a Victorian house conversion, located in Hampstead Heath, London.
The design brief was to create a contemporary, yet functional family home that embraced volume, depth and light as the core design principles. It was a pleasure working with our clients, who were open to design innovation and enjoyed being challenged with new ideas.
The entire process included a full strip out of the main structure of the house, creating a new configuration of the internal volume on all floors. Vast open internal spaces with strong architectural angles, high ceilings and design features appear throughout.
A striking contemporary staircase at the center is the feature of the house. It connects all four floors, creating a vertical tunnel of light that cascades from the light well at the top, down to the lower ground floor, creating a shadowy interplay throughout the day.
The open plan layout of the bottom two floors gives the house a spacious and airy feel. An eight meter void between lower and ground floor acts as a light well, and accentuates the vertical expanse between the two floors.
The interior backdrop for the interior is kept consistent throughout the home to bring out the key features. Soft grey walls reflect light and create a sense of calm, while bandsawn timber flooring adds texture and warmth.
High ceilings and open expanses of space create a gallery-like feel. Individual more secluded spaces can be found in the private study, guest bedroom and gym.
The selection of natural finishes, including marble, brass and timber, help to balance the imposing architectural details with a warm and inviting home.
A central design feature is a black Valchromat shodow-gap clad ‘box’ that runs vertically across two floors, wrapping around utility spaces for the house on both floors.
The dark cladding adds drama and contrast to the otherwise soft palette of the interior. It also serves as a multipurpose function, including bookshelves in the reception room, child-friendly storage in the family room, and a continuation of the kitchen, enclosing the fridge and hiding pantry space discreetly.
Bespoke furniture pieces, designed in collaboration with MannMade London interweave throughout all rooms in the house.
The kitchen islands were designed to reflect the generous proportions of the space. The Valchromat units are topped with thick slabs of Tundra Grey marble.
Other bespoke joinery includes the master bespoke wardrobe running the length of the bedroom hall, unique bronze trim veneer side boards, and a one-off child’s captains bunk-bed.
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