Transparent Perforated Circles Bring Light and Movement to This London Terrace House

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By Michele Koh Morollo / Published by Michele Koh Morollo
Perforated solid steel plates bring in light, transforming a London terrace house into a work of art.

The owners of this five-story Georgian terrace house in Belgravia were looking to bring a little sunshine from their homeland of Sardinia to their new home in central London. 

The architects at London-based studio AMA addressed their request by completely removing all the original internal features of the house, and preserving a large six-side internal volume. 

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They then created a handmade steel staircase, which starts at the basement and connects the first two levels. 

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On the first level, the stairs become a continuous handmade timber structure that rests against solid steel plates that were fashioned into a perforated-metal spine. It cuts through from the first floor, and all the way up to the top level. 

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Combining a restrained material palette of blackened steel, raw concrete, timber, and glass with meticulous plasterwork, AMA created a relaxed yet stylish contemporary home. 

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The ground floor was equipped with footpath paving lights to help brighten the basement, which is usually dark in traditional Georgian terraces. 

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The perforations, which are seen on both the floors—where they're covered with glass, and on the vertical metal spine along the stairs—create interesting plays of light and shadow, resulting in a home that's innovative, rhythmic, transparent, and stimulating. 

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