Located on Roupell Street—a Georgian enclave in London’s Waterloo district that has miraculously escaped the radical modernization brought on by urban development—this two-bedroom house in a two-story, heritage-listed building had been vacant for more than 10 years before London studio Fraher Architects turned it into a bright, modern home.
Part of a 1820s Georgian brick terrace house, the 1,507-square-foot home received an extension with a sloping, mono-pitched glass roof to create a new, solarium-like dining area that connects to the garden patio.
As part of the extensive yet sensitive redesign, the Fraher Architects restored lost historical details within the house, restoring wood paneled walls, architraves, baseboards, and paneled fireplaces to pay homage to the building’s historical personality.
"Materiality was very important to help produce a sensitive, contemporary design assisting our conservationist approach," say one of Fraher’s directors Lizzie Webster.
While carefully considered elements can be seen throughout the space, the highlight of the property is no doubt its contemporary, open-plan rear extension dining area, which has a glass roof that draws plenty of light into the rest of the home.
"The ground floor has been opened out; a large open-plan living space creates an new, light, airy space; whilst a new glazed extension feeds light into the plan of the building," says Webster. "Throughout the traditional setting, contemporary furniture updates the spaces for modern living."
All the joinery was fabricated and installed by the Fraher team, who placed a clear emphasis on high-quality materials and appliances.
The house is less than a five-minute walk to Waterloo train station, and not far from both theaters, restaurants, bars and markets.
Roupell Street is offered at £1,650,000, or approximately $2,170,410 through The Modern House.
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