The perennial problem of how to modify and live in the nineteenth-century terraced house in this century and the next continues to concern architects and clients. This project for a film director and his family developed out of the need for flexibility, daylight and the desire to entertain. The existing fabric was edited down to the essential structure and then reconfigured to maximise space, light and views. The ground-floor sequence of connected spaces links a strong sight line right through the house. Upstairs, a series of rooms anticipates a rotational use, with the exception of the 'hotel'-style principal bedroom with freestanding glass shower, focused on the trees outside.