Casa Maria

Scape Architects, London, 2009


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The kitchen cupboards have wenge veneer and spray-lacquered finishes, with precast-concrete panel at low level 

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  • The kitchen cupboards have wenge veneer and spray-lacquered finishes, with precast-concrete panel at low level    
  • The solidity of the island unit contrasts with the lightweight acrylic screen    
  • Overview of the ground floor    
  • The staircase from ground floor    
  • The acrylic screen wall    
  • The acrylic screen wall    
  • View down the stairwell from the top of the building    
  • Close-up of the acrylic screen wall    
  • Obscured view through the acrylic screen wall    
  • Lower ground floor plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Cross section detailed    
  • Cross section internal arrangement    
  • Long section 1    
  • Long section 2    
  • Materials board    
  • Kitchen Early Sketch    
  • Insulation of island unit    
  • Preparatory works    
  • Preparatory works    
  • Acrylic details during installation    
  • Kitchen cupboard layouts    
  • Kitchen cupboard cross sections    
  • Kitchen cupboard cross sections    
  • Kitchen island unit layouts    
  • Kitchen island long and cross sections    
  • Kitchen joinery details    

Renovation of an 18th century listed three-storey residence on a sloping plot on the edge of Hampstead Heath

Casa Maria is sited on a sloped plot on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Built in the mid 18th century as a billiard room for the adjacent manor house the 175 m2 building was converted into a family residence in the late 1950’s.

The brief was originally to re-design the family area on the lower ground floor, which the architect extended to include a new staircase. The overall intention was to unify the contrasting characters of the family room, the reception area and the master suite by animating the house with a translucent acrylic wall and stairwell extending through the full height of the building.

A timber staircase wraps itself around the acrylic wall, making a vantage point from which to survey the heath beyond.


  • Begun: Nov 2007
  • Completed: Jul 2009
  • Floor area: 287m2
  • Sector: House
  • Funding: Private
  • Procurement: JCT IBC 05
  • Address: Casa Maria, Hampstead, London, NW11, United Kingdom

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