Devonshire House

Hogarth Architects, London, 2015

 

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The transformation of a Pimlico apartment

The Devonshire House project is a complete renovation of a top floor apartment in a portered development in Pimlico, London.

The main task for us was to transform the dated traditional looking interiors into a contemporary city apartment, whilst managing to comply with all the freeholder’s requirements.

Wall demolition was rejected so the challenge was to open up the living areas with the minimum intervention. The architects were completely restricted by the form that existed so, instead, focused on its materiality.

The material of choice - a light coloured, douglas fir timber, was used throughout the flat – in the wall cladding , timber flooring and fitted furniture. It formed a coherent language and radiated a calm yet strong presence.

The flat before, bound by vinyl flooring tiles and an overload of doors, has evolved into one harmonious form. Following the removal of the conflicting materials, the newly designed timber interventions, carefully weighted between the rooms, speak to one another and their users.

Devonshire House exemplifies the power that sensitive interior design, using a material like douglas fir, can have in a flat when no wall alterations are made.

Data

  • Begun: Nov 2014
  • Completed: May 2015
  • Floor area: 155m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £248,000
  • Tender date: Sep 2014
  • Procurement: Minor Works Building contract
  • Address: Flat 10, Devonshire House , London, SW1V2HN, United Kingdom

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