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Roz Barr reveals West London office-to-resi scheme

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Roz Barr Architects has transformed this 1980s building in West London into a health clinic with apartments

PROJECT DATA • ARCHITECT’S VIEW • PLANS • SECTION • ISOMETRIC

The low-rise infill building in the Fulham Park Gardens Conservation Area was originally designed to house offices and a plastic surgery clinic.

The 920m2 scheme retains the health clinic at ground floor level but replaces the offices with housing.

The building’s original concrete skeleton was retained while a new roof extension was added to extend the space, making room for four duplex apartments.

Nightingale House by Roz Barr Architects

Architect’s view

The facades are stripped back while keeping the order of the existing building. The application of deep and dark pressed aluminium window reveals, protruding from both front and rear facades, enhances the rhythm of the windows and casts dramatic shadow on an otherwise bland facade.

A simple white mineral wash adds to the drama and renews the building’s street presence, and this simple contrast between dark and light runs throughout the project. The roof extension is clad with the same aluminium reveals, and the rooftop echoes this ‘otherness’ as an inserted appendage to the building, while the underside of the roof structure has been formed of birch ply and left exposed.

Conceived as the open and airy counterpart to the living space on the floors below, each flat has large roof lights, as well as generous and expansive sliding doors that lead to a terrace.

Internally, the kitchen cabinetry is comprised of matt-lacquered light-grey coloured high-density fibreboard. These dark cupboards complement a light oak flooring that has been treated with a white oil finish. In turn, the floor finish complements the exposed timber ceilings, which have also received a white wash. Dark grey large format ceramic tiling has been installed in the bathrooms, providing contrast with the porcelain sanitary ware. Built-in vanity units protrude slightly from the tiles, echoing the effect of the external window reveals.

Nightingale House by Roz Barr Architects

Nightingale House by Roz Barr Architects

Source: Conrad Koslowsky

First floor plan

Nightingale House by Roz Barr Architects

Nightingale House by Roz Barr Architects

Second floor plan

Nightingale House by Roz Barr Architects

Nightingale House by Roz Barr Architects

Third floor plan

Nightingale House by Roz Barr Architects

Nightingale House by Roz Barr Architects

Section

Nightingale House by Roz Barr Architects

Nightingale House by Roz Barr Architects

Isometric

Nightingale House by Roz Barr Architects

Nightingale House by Roz Barr Architects

Nightingale House by Roz Barr Architects

Nightingale House by Roz Barr Architects

Project data

Location Fulham, West London
Type of project mixed-use
Client PPR Estates
Architect Roz Barr Architects
Structural engineer PHI Design
Main contractor Ambassador Group
Area 920m2

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