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Paul Archer completes Victorian townhouse refurb

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Paul Archer Design has completed this remodelling of a Victorian townhouse in Islington, North London

The five-storey house in an Islington conservation area has been remodelled to create a family home.

At the ground floor level rooms have been opened up to create a continuous space from the front sitting room through to the kitchen and out to back garden.

A ‘sunken’ black marble-clad extension has been added to the rear projecting a new glazed dining space out into the garden.

On the first floor the two reception rooms have been opened up to create a large open-plan living space including a sitting room, library, and cinema.

The architect’s view

The approach has been to rationalise and declutter the spaces on all floors in a scheme characterised by clean lines, a restrained palette of materials and colours, and ample in-built storage to maintain a minimalist aesthetic whilst accommodating family life.

Spaces have been opened up to create clear sightlines throughout, allowing separate activities to play out simultaneously in a series of connected spaces.

The off-white colour palette presents a calming sensibility and preserves the warmth and elegance of the heritage property. Materials include Dinesen oak floorboards treated with white oil to further emphasise a light and softened palette.



Project data

Location Islington, London
Type of project refurbishment
Architect Paul Archer Design
Client private
Contractor Ecore Construction
Structural engineer Fluid Structures
Landscape design Wright & Doyle
Site area 115m2
Gross internal area 236m2

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