One enters the house straight from the street with the door on the left. Once inside the circulation continues to range left.
A wonderfully luminous – and beautifully proportioned – doorway leads into the kitchen. This luminosity comes from the reflected light of the kitchen tiles, themselves illuminated by an oculus in the kitchen ceiling which, with the passage of the sun during the day, projects constantly changing shapes on to the wall.
In turn, the kitchen leads out to the rear courtyard through another superbly scaled glass door.
But there had been circulation issues with the kitchen, the existing bathroom and the tight return of the stairway. These were resolved by Ian Moore with an elegant, long dining and preparation bench in the shape of a hockey stick – which Moore calls “the big gesture” because it is both directional and a sculptural device helping to make the kitchen the “hub” of the home and the link to the rear courtyard.
The circularity of the ‘hockey stick’ echoes the round oculus, while the hard-wearing black lino flooring sets up Ian’s typical conversation with the all-white finishes.
The master bedroom above continues the black-white conversation.
Up here, you are amongst the trees, enjoying dappled sunlight from the west as it makes its way through some handsome established trees. Bathed in light from the little roof terrace, its privacy protected by the restored original parapet, the bedroom is separated from the ensuite by a wardrobe unit with a gap between the top and the ceiling which helps to sustain a sense of space and flow.
Meanwhile, the bed features customised, Ian-Moore-designed fitted aluminium side tables in the quest to keep it simple by avoiding additional freestanding furnishings.
From the outside, the rooftop addition can scarcely be seen, confirming Ian’s agenda to create a functional contemporary addition without compromising the historic character of the building or the integrity of its neighbours.