Debbie Flevotomou Architects

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What to do when the existing building is unchangeable but you prefer a more contemporary design?

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Is a very common problem in London and in the whole of the UK, that the exterior of the building has to remain unchangeable. It is also a fact, that the best properties are the actual unchangeable ones and usually the ones with the most value. But what can you do if you do have a Victorian house but you actually like contemporary interiors more than the traditional ones?

Our client had the same problem. This Victoria house even if it being benefited by a beautiful façade, the windows are not large enough and the interior is rather dark and gloomy. In order to solve the problem, new forms were designed and a concept based on contrast and balance. A waterfall feature was introduced in the middle of the room, the water was falling from the main atrium into a pod that was surrounding by a blazing fire. The main staircase surround the water pod and the staircase was made out of concrete in direct contrast with the classical interior.

That created an wow effect that all visitors are still scratching their heads. And if you think a water feature in the living room is not acceptable, think again! The fire and water contrast is what gives the WOW affect, the drama, the excitement! And especially inside a very standard Victorian house!