Maisonette in Notting Hill, London by Francesco Pierazzi Architects

Comparison between different materials

Project Specs

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The property, a maisonette arranged on upper ground and first floor levels, is set within a 1980s terrace overlooking a similar development designed in 1976 by Sir Terry Farrell and Sir Nicholas Grimshaw. The client wanted to convert the steep roofspace into additional accommodations and to reconfigure the existing house to improve the neglected interiors.

▼排屋外观,outlook of terrace © Lorenzo Zandri


▼住宅剖面,重新组织空间结构,section, spatial rearrangement © Lorenzo Zandri

The property is set within a 1980s terrace forming a secluded square, with severe restrictions for changes to the exterior of the property. The challenge of the project was to devise an original interior on three levels with no alterations to the facades while, concurrently, maximising the internal floor area. The design approach adopts a phenomenological strategy devised to stimulate the bodies of the users when negotiating different spaces, whether ascending or descending. Everyday movements around the house generate an enhanced choreography that transforms static spaces into a dynamic experience.

▼厨房,kitchen© Lorenzo Zandri

▼客厅,灰色地板与墙面几乎无缝拼接,livingroom, grey floors and white vertical surfaces juxtaposed closely © Lorenzo Zandri

▼客厅一角,不同材料形成强烈对比 ,corner of living room, comparison of different materials © Lorenzo Zandri


▼楼梯间,主空间的从属空间,stairlwell , designed as a subordinate space within a primary volume © Lorenzo Zandri

▼楼梯间从地面到屋顶都铺设桦木胶合板,stairwell lined with birch plywood from ground to roof level © Lorenzo Zandri

The reconfiguration of the middle floor aims to reduce circulation space in favour of larger bedrooms and service facilities. While the brick shell of the house is treated as a blank volume, the stairwell, designed as a subordinate space within a primary volume, is lined with birch plywood from ground to roof level. Concurrently the materials of seamless grey floors and white vertical surfaces, are reduced to the minimum to enhance the natural property of the timber in its phenomenological role. With a strong conceptual approach, the space can be handed over to the owner for appropriation and personalisation.

▼卧室,living room © Lorenzo Zandri

▼卧室一角,原木装饰,partial view of bedroom, timber decoration © Lorenzo Zandri

▼尖屋顶转化为新的住宿空间,the steep roofspace converted into additional accommodations © Lorenzo Zandri


In order to create interest within the three floors – despite the overall paired down palette – several contrasting materials have been employed and juxtaposed to create tensions between precious, semi-precious and off the shelves materials. For this purpose grey vinyl tiles contrast with ordinary bricks – white washed – as well as birch plywood panels, cast iron radiators and precious marbles.

▼走廊,corridor © Lorenzo Zandri

▼住宅及周边平面,house plan © Lorenzo Zandri

Project size: 99 m²
Site size: 99 m²
Project Budget: £164000
Completion date: 2019
Building levels: 3
Photo: Lorenzo Zandri
Project team: Francesco Pierazzi Architects

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