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Studio Bednarski unwraps west London Double House

[First look] Studio Bednarski has completed this 280m² scheme in Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill featuring two stacked maisonettes

Practice founder Cezary Bednarski has moved into the upper home of the so-called Double House project which sits on a ‘prominent corner site’ in the Portobello Estate.

The build was filmed for the Discovery Channel’s Dream Homes series and is due to be shown next month.

The architect’s view

This design emphasises the fact that this is not a conversion of a single dwelling but a new building that consists of two independent maisonettes, in effect two houses with independent entrances, placed on top of each other. While contemporary in design this 280m² building draws from the tectonic composition of the adjacent Victorian houses, with their clearly expressed bases. The vertical articulation of the first and second storey windows to the east, with their alternating clear and ‘frosted’ glass panels, draws inspiration from the vertical emphasis of the first and second floor elevation rhythms of the adjacent terraces and their London stock brick panels alternating with stuccoed widow panels.

The rhythm of the vertical slot window panels is a ‘compressed reflection’ of the adjacent Victorian facade rhythms. The design reverses the material allocation typical of the local low-grade Victorian buildings with their ground floors stuccoed and upper storeys in brick.

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