Regency Villa, Kensington Home Extension, English House, UK Architecture Development, Design
Regency Villa in Kensington, London
16 Nov 2020
Kensington Regency Villa Property
Design: Cox Architects
Location: 21 Young Street, Kensington, south west London, England, UK
Finding space for an elegant new staircase unlocked the potential of this run-down Regency Villa in London’s Kensington district.
Cox Architects’ clients needed light, light and MORE LIGHT!
‘THE PIT’. This is what the clients called the shallow yard at the back of the house they had purchased!
THE STAIRCASE was taking up valuable floor space and complicating the plan, whilst the small side wing to the building was underused and disfunctional. We therefore needed to achieve planning consent in a Conservation Area to enlarge the side wing and thereby unlock the potential of the house!
LIGHT: A 7m long frameless structural glass skylight was used to flood the stairways with natural light . Walk-on glass hallways ensure that light filters down to all principal floors. An external walk-on glass balcony prevented overshadowing to the rooms below.
‘THE PIT’: We used 40sq m of glass micro mosaic tiles on a modelled substrate to bounce light down to the lowest floors and provide a subtle shimmering backdrop to the main living spaces in the house.
THE STAIRCASE: Planning consent was achieved to extend and raise the side wing… and the new staircase became the signature note for the entire house.
We were challenged to transform a dark, tightly enclosed house into an open, lightfilled four bedroom family home. At the same time the clients wanted to maximise additional floor area (with a new basement), modernise all services and massively improve the house’s energy performance long term.
Key Products Used:
Mild steel with ash treads, handrails & walk-on glass landings:
Manufactured and installed by Diapo Stairs Ltd
KITCHEN & APPLIANCES:
Poggenpohl Goldreif MH Deco Handleless supplied & fitted by
118 Wigmore Street
Polar white 35cm Island extract hood
Junckers Nordic Dark Ash solid plank with ultra matt lacquer finish.
CERAMIC FLOOR TILES:
Lappato tiles: Viva 1200 x 600 Cemento Grey Naturale 986E8P
by Emilceramica supplied by Worlds End Tiles
Skyframe II (sliding doors)
Schuco AWS 70 (fixed glass panels)
Schuco ASS 80 FD (folding doors)
AlcoGlass, Sycamore House, 1 Woodside Road, AMERSHAM, Bucks, HP6 6AA
CVO Venezia 130F three-side by
CVO Fires Ltd www.cvo.co.uk
Regency Villa in Kensington, England – Building Information
Project size: 250 sqm
Site size: 290 sqm
Completion date: 2017
Building levels: 5
Structural engineers: Green Structural Engineering Ltd
Main contractor: Lionhead Construction Ltd
Party wall surveyor: Keel Surveyors Partnership (KSP) LLP
Specialist staircase supply & fit: Diapo Stairs Ltd
Specialist glazing supply & fit: Alco Glass Systems Ltd
Timber flooring manufacturer: Junckers Flooring Ltd
Specialist fireplace manufacturer: Spirit Fires Ltd (CVO)
Staircase consultant engineer: Barton Engineers
Ceramic tile supplier: Worlds End Tiles
Kitchen extract fan manufacturer: Falmec SPA
Internal doors manufacturer: Arnold Laver Ltd
Photographer: Matt Clayton
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Location: 21 Young Street, Kensington, London, England, UK
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