Ambika House is a fine example of 20th century architecture in an area of central London dominated by 18th and 19th century buildings. BuckleyGrayYeoman has taken on the mantle of adding to this rich mix by constructing a 21st century home on top of the building.
For a private client and his family, this project has evolved around a diversity of influences ranging from the Case Study Houses of California to the furniture of Established & Sons. Having functionality and design at its heart, the programme resulted in iconic works by the Eameses, Craig Ellwood and Pierre Koenig, among others.
The house was designed as a home with the architecture seen as a background for living – as the client required a level of adaptability for his growing family.
The client required a simple layout with generous and light rooms. The long and lean penthouse extension is very bright and open, with an almost continuous transparent glass façade running along all sides.
Designer Jason Bruges was commissioned to create a series of light installation artworks. Each artwork evolved from the idea that when the ceilings or walls were cut into, light would be allowed to flow out through apertures and translucent materials.
The material and manufacturing details were all carefully thought through – from the floating bed, the cabinetry, the walk-in freezer, the industrial ceramic and yarrow wood floors, the Corten steel accents throughout the aged oak kitchen table.
This project epitomises the practice’s goal of Complex Simplicity – incorporating advanced technology such as the roof top pool, retractable roof and ‘living green wall’ within pure simple spaces, defined by elegant materials.