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Pilbrow & Partners completes restoration of Regency villa

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A restoration and remodelling of a private family house in west London

For this remodelling of a Grade II-listed house, Pilbrow & Partners started by demolishing a Victorian extension and other additions to reveal the original order of the plan and bring out the bones of the original 1826 villa.

Pilbrow’s scheme creates a four-storey L-shaped home arranged around a garden courtyard. A new helical, cantilevered limestone staircase is woven through the interior core of the villa, with a gym, swimming pool, spa and projection room carved out below ground. 

The new building’s exterior contrasts a fine-scale stone framework against the taut planer qualities of the stuccoed Regency villa. This stone framework is developed on the garden elevation as a base for an open pergola structure on the upper-level terraces. A mansard roof has been added to underline the primacy of the villa at the centre of the composition.

This project is one of the first to be completed by Pilbrow, since the practice’s inception in 2013.

Pilbrow & partners 3 orme square © peter cook photography (9)

Pilbrow & partners 3 orme square © peter cook photography (9)

Source: Peter Cook

Architect’s view

We aimed to create a harmonious overall architectural composition, reinforcing the qualities of the original building and enhancing its setting. This suggested stripping away the Victorian additions, which loomed over the original villa, and building afresh from the historic core. The new work is distinct and contemporary in its form and detail, yet it remains subservient to the historic building.

Fred Pilbrow, founding partner, Pilbrow & Partners 

Pilbrow & partners orme square sections

Pilbrow & partners orme square sections

Source: Pilbrow & Partners

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Project data

Client Private
Architect Pilbrow & Partners
Project manager Blackburn & Co
Structural engineer Parmabrook
Services Hoare Lea
Cost Consultant Exigere
Contractor Sizebreed 

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