Narrow House / FORM studio

Narrow house / form studio

Subtle changes to the section of this Covent Garden building bring natural light flooding into the newly created volumes

FORM studio has completed a remarkable residential scheme on a pencil-thin site in the heart of Covent Garden.

An innovative spatial approach has transformed an unremarkable building, creating dramatic double-height volumes. The coherence of the design is reinforced by a high quality palette of materials, testament to the practice’s rigorous attention to detail.

Narrow house / form studio

The narrow, deep plan of this tall terraced late 19th-century building was ill-suited to its previous use as offices, with its centrally located lift and stair core, subdividing the floor plates into small inflexible spaces. However, this configuration was ideally suited to the creation of a distinctive residential space, with naturally lit rooms of domestic scale located to the front and rear, and support spaces located inboard around the retained central stairs and lift. A change of use was therefore recommended to our developer client and, contrary to local planning policy, planning consent was granted for a luxurious four-bedroom house.

Narrow house / form studio

The ‘heart’ of the scheme is undoubtedly the soaring 6m high double-height kitchen/dining space opening onto a newly created ground floor courtyard. An entry courtyard recessed behind a decorative metal screen echoes the proportions of a traditional shopfront and fits well within the Dutch-gabled brick front elevation. Storage spaces on the lower ground floor have been given new life as a state-of-the art cinema and gym. Sophisticated systems throughout control lighting, AV, heating/air con and blinds via hand-held tablets.

Narrow house / form studio

The top part of the building has also been reconfigured – the original hipped roof has been replaced in order to create an additional split-level studio floor – with terraces front and rear.

Fastidious attention to detailing, together with a fire engineered approach to layout (removing the necessity for lobbies), has created a sequence of calm and coherent interior volumes with a seamless spatial flow between the six floors of accommodation.

Project Details:

Location: London, UK
Type: ResidentialInteriors
Area: 436 m2 (4,690 sq.ft.)
Architects: FORM Studio

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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