Stark House, Putney
This 205m² townhouse was virtually derelict when our client purchased it. The roof leaked, the front façade was falling away from the building, the internal spaces were disjointed and the house was in a poor state of repair.
Completed in 2002 for £720,000, the front façade was retained and refurbished back to its original period glory and the existing building behind was flattened. In the completed scheme only the patina green copper staircase enclosure gives a clue of the modern home hidden within the period terrace.
The new building was enlarged by almost 50%, with the stairs strategically located in the darkest corner of the site. This allowed open well arranged spaces to be created.
The ground floor houses a light filled open plan living, kitchen and dining area, a ‘snug’ was created on the first floor, plus a bathroom and study/guest suite. The second floor housed the master bedroom, dressing room, top-lit shower room and a further bedroom for guests. The roof terrace over the building – accessed via the copper stair enclosure – has magnificent views north over the river and London beyond and a large clear glass walk-on floor is set in the roof terrace, giving light to the shower space below.
Stark House was published by the Royal Institute of British Architects on completion and was extensively featured in Andrew Weaving’s ‘The Home Modernised’ book in 2005 as the only UK project. We were the only UK practice featured in the book.