A musician and his designer wife wanted to convert an existing mechanics garage into a 3,500-square-foot single-family residence in Belsize Park, in northwest London. The architects transformed the steel-framed structure into a four-level house by placing the living area – the primary entertainment space – in the basement level, which gets light through a sunken courtyard. The kitchen and dining room are on the ground floor. Bedrooms and bathrooms are tucked away on the second and third stories.
As one passes through the entry gates, black tile walls create a strong ambiance and are also featured throughout the interior. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls look out to the courtyard and a pivoting black-framed glass door creates a dramatic entry. The seamless concrete floors, finished in a polyurethane resin, flow horizontally through each interior level, contrasting with the black tiles.
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Andy Martin Architects
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Tom Davies - project manager
Art Waewsawangwong – project architect
CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Steel frame with concrete floor slabs on metal deck
Built-up roofing: Flat deck roofing with waterproof felt
Tile/shingles: Welsh slate roofing tiles
Wood frame: Tradition hardwood casements to the first floor
Metal frame: Aluminium frame windows and doors at basement and ground levels
Metal doors: Aluminium frame doors at basement and ground levels
Wall coverings: Walls to stair spine in black terracotta masonry blocks
Resilient flooring: All floors finished in PU resin