[First look + plans] Emerging, woman-led practice vPPR has unwrapped this complete rebuild of a mews house near Marble Arch, central London
Dubbed the Split House, the project features a central staircase which separates the private spaces, such as the bedrooms and bathrooms, from the communal areas like the dining room and lounge at the rear of the property.
The new frontage has been designed in a tradtional style to reflect the facades of the buidlings in the surrounding conservation area.
The architect’s view
The clarity of the plan is legible in the material palette: the incisive staircase is constructed with a dark stained oak, visually playing on the idea of a shadow gap, and is lit from above by a frameless skylight to form a slot; in contrast the two sides are painted throughout in a range of subtle whites and creams. A new roof terrace enclosed by perforated mesh and a matching eternal staircase refers to a theme of transparency that is evident elsewhere in the house. A large frameless skylight is positioned over a double height void in the dining room, creating a dramatic conclusion to the house.