This 1900s villa had suffered years of neglect and was in need of a complete overhaul. The house would also have a number of specific purposes – to provide a home for a young family, a place from which to work and a setting to match the ambience and environment of a contemporary art gallery, as the client was a collector of Renaissance frames.
More specifically, the brief included five bedrooms, a formal drawing room, a relaxed family area, a playroom for the children, a working study for each of the parents and a staff flat.
The design strategy centred on a dramatic transverse hall, creating an atrium that reached up four storeys to a large roof light that would bring light and drama into the core of the home and give the traditional villa a completely new identity.
The exterior landscape was integral to the concept both functionally and aesthetically and a grove of delicate leafed, white trunked birch trees was planted immediately outside the house at the back, to provide summer shade for the drawing room and a sculptural simplicity outside the family room below.