Studio MCW

Kensington Apartment is a ground floor Victorian flat with compartmentalised dark interiors has been converted to create a light and open modern living space.

Bringing in natural light and ventilation were a driving factor behind the design. A large roof-light opening over the dining table with deep timber fins were introduced, bringing a special quality of dappled daylight to the new dining and kitchen area while providing privacy from the numerous neighbouring surrounding windows as the flat is situated within a conservation area in a dense urban context.

A tight budget dictated that the material choices weren’t extravagant with a pared-back and simple approach. Dark metal was selected for doors, windows and ironmongery, copper for details and accents and birch-plywood for the main joinery.

By shifting the mass of the existing kitchen space towards the garden and creating a courtyard at the rear a space is carved out for a second bedroom, increasing the property value without adding a single square foot.


Commissioned by Studio MCW



Oak, White, oiled finish, engineered flooring, classic grade, 190mmW

Solid Oak treads and risers, square edged

Fire Doors, Hopkins, Old Grey

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