The project is a modern alteration to a Victorian-era, Italianate-style terrace house in London, the delicateness of which sits in distinct contrast to the a neighboring, brutalist council estate by Austin-Smith, Salmon and Lord, built in 1965. The renovation creates a white and raw concrete frame through which to view the neighboring building, visually recasting it as a found-object modern art installation, alongside art objects to the interior that are similarly framed by rectilinear white openings at a much smaller scale.

The tiled floor surface is continuous from the open-plan kitchen and dining spaces to the adjacent courtyard dining area, diminishing the threshold between inside and outside. This blurring of interior and exterior is heightened by the rectilinear form and scale of the cast concrete retaining walls to the courtyard, which connects them visually to the monolithic white cupboards and units to the contiguous interior.

WILLIAM TOZER Associates uploaded Soupçon Brut through Add A Home.
Add your own project for the chance to be featured in Editor’s Picks.
Modern home with Kitchen, White Cabinet, Mirror Backsplashe, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Undermount Sink. The brutalist council estate to the rear is viewed as a found-object artwork through a new cast-concrete and stark white frame. Photo  of Soupçon Brut

The brutalist council estate to the rear is viewed as a found-object artwork through a new cast-concrete and stark white frame.

Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, and Glass Railing. The modern lower-ground floor connects to the rest of the house via an open-riser timber staircase with clear glass balustrade. Photo 2 of Soupçon Brut

The modern lower-ground floor connects to the rest of the house via an open-riser timber staircase with clear glass balustrade.

Modern home with Glass Railing, Wood Tread, Living Room, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Sofa. Living and dining spaces are open-plan to the kitchen and courtyard, all of which share a continuous, tiled floor finish. Photo 3 of Soupçon Brut

Living and dining spaces are open-plan to the kitchen and courtyard, all of which share a continuous, tiled floor finish.

Modern home with Ceramic Tile Floor, Staircase, Wood Tread, and Glass Railing. Photo 4 of Soupçon Brut