Westbourne Grove House

Amin Taha Architects, London, 2007


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The private living level 

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  • The private living level    
  • Entrance space    
  • Kitchen    
  • Staircase    
  • Staircase    
  • Staircase    
  • Teatime on the roof    
  • Building facade    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Roof plan    
  • Cross section    
  • Roof sections    
  • Exploded perspective    
  • Ariel location    

Renovation of a five-storey terraced house, retaining and expanding the shop unit, while returning the upper parts of the house into one-family dwelling

Simplicity and flexibility became the design generators, removing all internal walls and making each floor open plan and stripping the building back to its shell.

The party wall span gives the buildings an inherent flexibility that has seen them go through single family occupation, multiple flats, bed-sits, offices and shops.

A contemporary structural solution allows the full floor plate to span between the envelope walls, each floor becoming open plan. With such a cold blank canvas the occupier is free to decide whether the floors are for office, residential or retail use.


  • Begun: Feb 2006
  • Completed: Aug 2007
  • Floor area: 198m2
  • Sectors: House, Retail
  • Total cost: £200,000
  • Procurement: Traditional JCT-MW
  • Address: 171 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2RS, United Kingdom

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