London-based architecture and design studio, named Larissa Johnston Architects, is a young, yet progressive practice, which aims to deliver creative and sustainable design with a modern approach.
Presented project is a reconfiguration of a Victorian maisonette, located in the conservation area in Islington. The architectural studio opted for subtle, but ingenious changes, which didn’t interfere with the actual structure of the house, therefore the minimalistic maisonette got a brand new appearance, while retaining its traditional values. Prior to the architect’s modifications, the bedrooms were located on the lower floor, meanwhile the kitchen and the living room were placed on the upper level. To maximize the space and realize an open plan living area, the studio completely reversed the placement of the rooms.
The bedroom was placed on the upper floor, the study area got place at the half landing and the kitchen was relocated to the lower level. The architects added extensive sliding glass doors in the diner area, thus connecting it with the impressive green garden of the property. To form the base of the kitchen, the staircase and the storage space, a form of a plywood “box” was integrated into the construction, creating a space-saving solution.
The architects used a reduced palette of materials, mainly timber, plywood, stainless steel and polished concrete, staying true to the all over minimal style of the maisonette. The pearly white walls of the interior nicely complement the dark timber floors, instantly transforming the house into a bright and spacious contemporary living space.