London Art De Vivre was commended for The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2015.
There are not many undeveloped hidden treasures left in West London, so the buyers of this sizeable property in North Kensington were very excited when they discovered it. They had found a large noble house, cluttered by furniture and partitions, lacking light and warmth, and feeling slightly musty.
Overwhelmed by the enormity of the task in front of them, and after a few false starts of their own, the buyers of this property approached Sophie Nguyen Architects. The project was to clean up and clarify the existing space, refind the dignity of the impressive interior volumes, and let the light in.
The clients wanted also an extension but both architect and client were keen to avoid the standard response of a 'glass shoebox' attached like a limpet to the rear facade. Instead Sophie Nguyen Architects created what appears to be a new building, separated from the existing by a clear glass facade across the full width of the roof. In this way light streams through the rooflight, to bathe both the original house interior and the rear of the new space in direct light.