Behind the modest Victorian façade of this Spitalfields townhouse is an extraordinary modern living space of almost 3,000 sq ft. It was converted for an artist by the renowned design consultancy Brinkworth, who have reconfigured and extended the house to maximize the natural light and create dynamic open-plan spaces.
The hallway opens onto an impressive reception space with a striking polished-concrete floor and paneled walls that are partly clad in a rich Iroko. A double-height section invites light from the galleried garden room above. This space just like the master bedroom has a moody decor, and a somewhat masculine feeling. The whole room is white and is filled with various eye-catchy elements like a painting on a white canvas: there’s an animal print rug, a giant artwork and some branch arrangements.
The open kitchen and dining space are on the first floor, accessed by the first of several original concrete staircases with wrought-iron banisters. A half level below the first floor is a glazed garden room, added as a second phase extension eight years after the initial design, with beautifully crafted wooden steps that lead to the secluded and verdant terraced garden.
The second floor has two bedrooms, one of which has a windowed ‘cockpit’ designed for the owners’ children that looks out over the garden. The entire third floor is given over to an impressive double-height master bedroom and en-suite bathroom, with a mezzanine level accessed by a spiral staircase. The bathroom space located upstairs looks spa-like and is light-filled thanks to the attic windows above.
The basement has a laundry room and a large single space currently configured as a workshop and store room, as the owner is an artist and needs some space for work.