FPArchitects have restored and refurbished a four-storey grade II listed Georgian mid terrace in London’s Limehouse, turning the gloomy and dilapidated house into a bright and minimalist family home.
Located within the Lowell Street Conservation Area and on one of London’s busiest roads, the early 19th century building was the subject of insensitive extensive works in the mid 1990s when much of the original fabric and features were lost.
FPArchitects’ ambition was to re-establish the decorative hierarchy of the interiors by stripping out unsympathetic features and insert paired down decorative elements that complement the original rusticated stucco, round-headed windows and the entrance with fluted columns.
Ancillary spaces are inserted within the original cellular layout with minimal disruption to the fabric of the building. A side extension at the back, also added in the mid 1990s, is transformed into a small pavilion-like Dining Room with minimal sliding doors and apertures for overhead natural light.
Subtle shades of colours and materials with fine textures are preferred and are juxtaposed to dark floors in veiled reference to the Regency and Georgian aesthetics.
The renovation of a Victorian terrace is approached as an ensemble of tasks with a series of independent outcomes and as a sequence of interventions that albeit modest, have an impact greater than their scope
A large terrace townhouse in Pimlico is refurbished using the traditional Georgian cellular layout of the property to inspire the blueprint of the refurbishment and a streamlined contemporary vocabulary is chosen over a faux vernacular.