City Retreat

The goal of this project was to achieve simplicity, clarity and calm from a space that had been divided inelegantly over time. Layers of accretions were stripped away to reinstate original room sizes and proportions, while wrapping the walls, floor and ceiling surfaces in sound-proofing to shut out the noise of the surroundings. No ceiling lights puncture the surfaces and light is diffused through glowing balls grouped on walls.

The living space is used to cook, dine, relax and talk, and the kitchen is therefore designed as a piece of furniture, with a high back that both screens the debris of cooking from the adjacent dining table and acts as a slim bar on which people can lean and balance drinks.

Joinery: DHJ Furniture

Photography: Richard Bryant