AUA has remodelled an end of terraced house to provide a greater and more free flowing accommodation for a family. The design brief was one of simplicity and complete functionality while maintaining an underlining warmth a house should infuse. Visual connectivity both inside and out were also drivers in the building’s rear ground floor form.

Slot house / aua
© David Butler Photography

The driving concept behind this design was for there to be a clear visual connection between the ground and new basement playroom. With open plan living now the norm in the modern era of residential space planning one has to balance this large volume of space with a scale that instils a feeling of warmth.

Slot house / aua
© David Butler Photography
Slot house / aua
© David Butler Photography

By creating 3 distinct rooms of Basement play; Front ground living & Rear ground kitchen / dining on 3 different levels, we have achieved a sense of scale and intimacy whilst visually linking each through an open stairs design.

Slot house / aua
© David Butler Photography
Slot house / aua
© David Butler Photography

Furthermore, the use of large syklights and the positioning of new windows to the extension filter light where needed whilst providing glimpses of the outside that serve the new basement. The combination of distinct rooms, natural light and a visual connection between these spaces, both inside and out, makes for a warm and open living space.

Slot house / aua
© David Butler Photography
Slot house / aua
© David Butler Photography
Slot house / aua
© David Butler Photography

Project Details:

Location: London W12, UK
Architects: AU Architectswww.au-architects.com
Photographs: David Butler Photography

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