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VILLA VICTORIOUS

Souldern Road, W14

Situated in a conservation area at the edge of Brook Green, this phenomenal five-bedroom Victorian house was refurbished by award-wining DOS Architects, whose merging and expanding of two neighbouring houses has created a fantastic proposition for a great family home.

Retaining the overall structure of the existing houses, the architects played with the overwhelming potential of a new rear façade extension. Taking form as a structural, glass box, the back of the house now draws on the existing architectural geometry to envelop an open-plan kitchen and a double-height dining room that leads out onto the sprawling garden.

The ground and lower ground floors are linked through the introduction of a double-height void which connects the kitchen and dining room to the remaining living areas within. Throughout the house, contrasts of contemporary materials and levels form a delightful transition between the outdoor and indoor spaces. Attention to outdoor space was an important factor throughout the design process, and the lower ground floor is shrouded by expansive gardens, whose sophisticated spaces can be easily accessed from two sides. The layout is exquisitely cohesive and very indicative of the architects’ measured sensitivity to the ebb and flow of daily life.

Finished with immaculate precision, the interiors have been elevated by a cleverly considered marriage of classic and contemporary living. Integrated lacquer shelving, striking glass plains and bleached pine floors all come together to create this highly intuitive, chic living space fine-tuned to perfection.