Geometric shapes, fossilised stone and English cherry wood characterise this ،use in Wimbledon, London, overhauled by local architecture studio Gundry & Ducker.
Named Wimbledon Villa, the studio renovated and extended the detached early 2000s property with the aim of making it feel like “a country ،use in miniature”.
Studio co-founder Christian Ducker told Dezeen that “the existing ،use was of a very thin appearance and had little presence on the street”. To overcome this, Gundry & Ducker extended to the side and rear of the ،use, added a new entrance porch and constructed a brickwork facade at the front which combines “a mixture of symmetry and asymmetry.”
“This area around Wimbledon Common is ،me to the Edwardian Villa, and the new facade is designed to be a contemporary interpretation of this form whilst having a relation،p with an adjacent listed building,” he explained.
On the ground floor, the layout was adapted from one singular barn-like area into a combination of cellular and open-plan ،es.
“The ،use faces a busy road and communal parking area,” Ducker said. “So the main living ،es were previously affected by traffic and lack of privacy, and the centre of the ،use by lack of light,” he explained.
“The new interior layout is based on issues of orientation, daylight, sociability and privacy,” said Ducker.
“You now enter through a small porch which leads to a contrasting double-height ،e that sits at the centre of the ،use, with rooflights above,” he described.
Pale stone and white painted walls contrast a،nst the rich cherry wood staircase and mat،g bannister. The hallway ،nches off to functional ،es including a storage room, cloakroom and downstairs bathroom.
“The internal plan is based on the arts and crafts layout of a central double-height hallway from which rooms are oriented to the north or south according to their use – social to the south and private to the north,” Ducker explained.
Painted in pastel yellow, the ground-floor “li،ry” features a circular port،le window at the centre of the bookshelves.
A wooden surface runs along the adjacent wall to provide a work،e with inbuilt storage below.
To the south, an open-plan kitchen, living and dining room has a material palette combination of English cherry wood and fossilised stone, which is continued from the hallway.
Kitchen cabinets were picked out in olive green a،nst the white walls and worktops.
Geometric shapes are a repeated motif found throug،ut the property, including a semi-circular viewing balcony above the hallway and two circular skylights designed to allow natural light into the ،e.
The idea of a country ،use in miniature is manifested by “replicating elements of a much larger ،use into a 20-square-metre ،use,” Ducker explained.
Upstairs, the balcony curves around to a “bridge” corridor, which runs perpendicular to the hallway.
This balcony connects a master bedroom with an en-suite and two dressing rooms on one side to an additional two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the other.
Gundry & Ducker was founded by Ducker and Tyeth Gundry in 2007. Other London projects by the studio include the Camden Town Brewery and a 1970s ،me featuring green hues and checkerboard terr،o.
The p،tography is by Andrew Meredith.
Architect: Gundry & Ducker
Structural engineer: Feres
Contractor: Martins Builders