Open Timber Frame Interior Exposes Studs
Revealing the inner workings and structural underpinnings of the London home, this reformatted layout features wood and plywood in an unusually open way and thus also provides more natural light throughout.
Jonathan Tuckey Design added skylights and open-frame walls and ceilings to help inside spaces feel expansive, connected and illuminated. Reminiscent of Frank Gehry’s Santa Monica home, the result is an expressive articulation of building elements normally hidden from view.
Exposed brick and steel help reinforce the effect of showing off the materials in the house, while also making it feel both vintage and contemporary at the same time.
Strategically applied in certain rooms (like a restful library or office nook), plywood paneling provides some visual relief from the highly-articulated material details found throughout most of the renovated building.
“The reconstruction of a Grade II listed mews house in Holland Park, West London. Beyond the refurbished historic exterior, an entry hallway with a red-pigmented concrete floor acts as both a workshop and display case for our client’s collection of vintage motorbikes. On the first floor a framework of timber studs is located where the original walls stood, creating an open, but layered kitchen and living space.”
“New skylights with timber cowls bring in natural light. A crisp, stainless steel kitchen contrasts with the exposed brick walls and the study is lined with Douglas Fir paneling. Skilled craftsmanship elevates the modest pallet of materials to create a characterful modern home.”
“Jonathan Tuckey Design has garnered an international reputation for working with existing buildings and structures. Our studio has become expert in combining contemporary design with layers of built heritage to explore the ways in which old and new can co-exist and elevate one another. We have worked on a number of commercial, cultural and residential projects within Europe, the United States and South America, developing a clear set of principles and approaches to deal with historic and modern architecture.”