London architect Simon Astridge is known for his modern celebration of building materials—see, for instance his
Plywood House, a Victorian Remodel, Brick House Reinvention, and way with Clay Plaster.
When a family came to him looking to overhaul a prime West London row house, they asked that the design be “tailored to overall happiness.” Towards that end, a new kitchen extension was added in the back introducing easy outdoor access for the couple and their young kids. And sunny brass was selected as a signature tone that makes appearances throughout, including linings for the doorframes and the entire back wall of kitchen. Join us for a tour of the polished kitchen.
Nicholas Worley for Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop.
Above: The extension is clad in handmade matte-black steel panels that Astridge says “reflect the traditional materials of London terrace houses.” The cantilevered “snug” on the left faces a flowering cherry tree, and is designed for parents and children to sit and read together. Above:”The idea of brass,” Astridge explains, “was sparked by our clients’ love for cooking and fond memories of holidays in Portugal and Israel, where they were inspired by the opulent and visually rich interiors.” The brass has a satin-polished finish that, in this tailored setting, gleams without feeling flashy. Above: The design team stuck to a palette of white, brass, and walnut. All of the components are bespoke. Above: The room is filled with natural light thanks to a long skylight. Muuto’s Ambit Rail Lamp hangs over a custom dining ensemble in walnut with a honey-colored banquette Above: Walnut also frames the recessed window. Note the brass light switch covers: for something similar, see Beautiful Basics by Meljac. Above: The fridge and pantry are incorporated into a storage wall faced in brass. “The natural aging of the polished brass elements sit beautifully against the grain of the house’s existing heritage fabric,” writes Astridge, adding that the gleam is “offset by heavy materials, such as walnut, stone, and steel.” Above: The brass detailing extends to the fridge and freezer pulls, and the stairs. Above: A long view of the extension. See more of the Brass House here.
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