Awards: Schueco Awards 2019 shortlisted
Tachbrook Street, a mid-19th Century terrace house in Cubitt style was found in good but dated condition. The new owners, a young energetic Family, had in mind to revert this Pimlico property, which had been used as bed-sit, back to a family home, accommodating a modern lifestyle while respecting the building’s historic character. The brief was to refurbish, partially reconfigure and extend this four storey town house providing high quality accommodation with a sense of openness and flexible common areas.
Bringing the existing fabric back to its original glory was but one aspect of this project. While the Victorian terrace house provided a charming characterful foundation, the client was after a modern family home while retaining the charm they had fallen in love with.
Respect to the existing fabric, which was reasonably expected, is paid by either matching materials such as brick and windows or, in the case of the modern glass infill extension, by setting the volume back in order to accentuate its subordinate relationship with the host building.
A double storey steel and glass infill provides open plan connections between reception rooms and kitchen as well as access to the lower ground floor family spaces and rear garden. In addition to spatial benefits this glass structure floods the entire ground floor and Lower Ground floor with daylight and allows views into the sky and along the terrace. It also brings the property’s character into the 20th century while respectfully staying subordinate to the existing house.
The result is a modern home in a historic shell which successfully merges traditional structures and materials with contemporary interventions.