Sometimes great improvement can come from simple changes. And sometimes there are solutions in subtractions rather than additions.
This Terrace being part of what is known as an ‘unaltered group of terraces’, faces further limitations in its development options in addition to the already stringent controls of the Heritage Conservation Area of Paddington and virtually all of its development potential is at the rear, within the secondary wing of the dwelling. Rather than just accepting this delineation between the the principal and secondary building forms, it was decided to make a deliberate cut between the two, reinstating many of the Victorian features and embellishments at the front, whilst opting for a more classical and timeless build at the rear.
A large skylight above the stair, brings daylight in at the centre of the building, illuminating the upper level hallway and providing daylight through the open upper stair to the stair below.
The roof over the rear extension that houses kitchen and living spaces is a customary, traditional skillion roof but off-set at the high side, allowing for a modern, three-sided clerestory. Extending over half of the length of the house and facing South, this terrace is bathed in consistent natural daylight. An additional skylight provides daylight to the task areas in the kitchen.