320 Kilburn Lane

Studio McLeod, London, 2015


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First floor garden 

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  • First floor garden    
  • Rear View    
  • First floor garden    
  • Rear courtyard    
  • First floor garden    
  • Street elevation    
  • Entrance hall with sliding staircase    
  • Sliding staircase for hidden motorcycle storage    
  • Entrance hall with sliding staircase    
  • Landing    
  • Landing with framed view to studio and stairs to flat    
  • Landing with framed view to studio    
  • Studio showing panelled wall and gold formica skylight    
  • Studio looking to courtyard    
  • Studio showing clerestory glazing    
  • Studio storage    
  • Studio meeting area with custom pullout TV bracket allowing doors to close behind TV    
  • Materials detail    
  • Studio in use    
  • Studio in use    
  • Woodburning stove    
  • Studio view from courtyard    
  • WC with 82 drawers and original outside WC cistern modified into washbasin     
  • Previous Existing Ground Floor Plan    
  • Previous Existing First Floor Plan    
  • New Ground Floor Plan    
  • New First Floor Plan    
  • New Rear Elevation and Section AA    
  • New Section BB    
  • Layout of Brick Floor    
  • Detail    

Remodelling and extension of Victorian terrace property for an architect’s studio below an existing flat

Clients Lyndsay and Duncan McLeod were looking to create a workspace on the ground floor of their property, below their flat.

The aim was to create an office that didn’t feel like an office; a surprising space full of natural light, a sense of fun and places to hide motorcycles
isual and spatial connections between home and work had to be carefully balanced.

The studio is south facing with a rear courtyard. Clerestory glazing allows sunlight to hit curved oak panelled walls rather than people’s heads. The glazing provides a balustrade for a first floor garden where, in the evening, lights in the studio can dramatically illuminate the garden above.

Raw materials and a wood burning stove offset high-tech office paraphernalia. The original wall configuration is recorded in the layout of the brick floor. Four motorcycles are hidden in the studio, one of which is under a secret sliding staircase.


  • Completed: Sep 2015
  • Floor area: 63m2
  • Sectors: Office, House
  • Total cost: £94,500
  • Address: The Studio, 320 Kilburn Lane, London, W9 3EF, United Kingdom

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