Interior Architecture – The Starting Point
August 27, 2019
How the Interior Architecture shaped the exterior architecture of this complete house renovation project in Greenwich, South London.
As the property is in a conservation area there were some major limitations to the changes that could be made to the outside of the building. The house had to remain in it’s 1930’s form and no changes were allowed to the front elevation. This meant the design process actually began with planning the Interior Architecture.
Whether we are designing one room or an entire house our approach is the same. We always develop 3 or 4 layouts (or ‘footprints’) that might work. The discipline of challenging ourselves in this way, to fully test the options before making a decision, means that the suitability of every design is thoroughly tested and thought through before anything is built.
This is always important but even more so when working on a whole house. The interior architecture of the entire project needs to work as one unified space and every room needs to flow together.
Designing the Interior Architecture from the inside out.
So what did this actually mean? Every room was actually designed in reverse! Apart from the front facade and the outer walls of the original house, every internal wall was moved around as required. This meant that we actually started by setting out the furniture 1st and this determined where the new walls were positioned 2nd. En-suite bathrooms were designed in the same way, with the walls being positioned to suit the showers and baths, toilets and vanity units.
It became apparent early on in the design process that the building would need to be extended to maximise the potential. The benefit of extending up above the existing kitchen meant additional bedroom space on the 1st Floor.
But the real Wow Factor came from the space this created in the loft. With clever use of the space to gain maximum head height the old loft became the most beautiful attic room bedroom, complete with balcony and panoramic views over the London City skyline.