© AP Valletta

Stanhope Gardens // AP Valletta

London, United Kingdom

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The brief posed by the client was for the renovation of a third-floor apartment within a Grade II listed Victorian building, and its transformation into a high-end four-bedroom home in London. The restoration and re-application of traditional decorative elements such as cornices, mantel pieces, and skirting was necessary to respect the historic context of the building.

© AP Valletta

© AP Valletta

© AP Valletta

© AP Valletta

At the same time, the introduction of a contemporary Super-Furniture component complements, as well as breaks away from, the very same historical background.The intervention is openly distinctive from the somber nature of the apartment’s Victorian tradition. Superficially attaching itself to the interior, the Super-Furniture houses the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom, suggesting an almost temporary installation of the spaces it creates and the objects it contains.

© AP Valletta

© AP Valletta

© AP Valletta

© AP Valletta

These constant dialogues between old and new are the key principles in the overall design.

The form of the Super-Furniture drew on the forces of the existing interior and space, all the while looking to break the “formal-architectural language.” In everyday life, a given form allows us to set up connections between the objects and the language with which we communicate.

© AP Valletta

© AP Valletta

© AP Valletta

© AP Valletta

The Super-Furniture breaks such connections. Here, a kitchen does not have to look like a kitchen, it allows users entering the space to reconfigure the perception of a kitchen and create new connections, discovering new meaning and perhaps unimagined spaces.This project was shortlisted for INSIDE World Festival of Interiors 2014 Residence AwardsSee more at: http://architecture-project.com/projects/stanhope-gardens/http://vimeo.com/71431382Photography: Sakiko Kohashi and APDrawings by AP.

© AP Valletta

© AP Valletta

© AP Valletta

© AP Valletta

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