Catherine and John Pawson
regulations prohibited alterations to the front of this traditional
nineteenth century row house in a conservation area in west London.
Working within these restrictions, the design scoops out the interior
in its entirety, leaving the protected façade untouched. Floor layouts
are radically redrawn to give the maximum amount of unencumbered space,
while cuts made to the envelope allow natural light into the full depth
of the plan. At the top of the house a glazed slot running the length
of the ceiling allows light to spill down a triple-height staircase.
Outside the conventional street elevation gives only a tantalising
glimpse of the new life which has been flipped into the frame of the