This property in Islington has the typical features of London’s many Victorian terraces: an expansive brick facade, sash windows, a lack of dedicated storage space and a narrow winding staircase that serves the house’s split levels. Refurbishing the property to be fit for its new owners, a young metropolitan couple, included a dormer extension to the attic, which allowed for a master bedroom with a modern feeling of openness that exploited the views of the city’s skyline.
The two main features within the refurbishment are the staircase and ‘thick wall’ constructions, that offer concealed storage solutions within the bespoke inbuilt furniture. The property is entered by the familiar narrow staircase, in which the timber handrail gives a trace of the banister that wraps up the core of the entire building. The banister becomes the new staircase, a monolithic timber element that unfolds to reveal the view from the master bedroom above. The geometry of the bedroom’s extended roof is a continuation of this unfolding, which opens out the space and frames the unique view.