This five-story house is sited in the middle of a Victorian terrace, and the exterior treats this historical setting as a found-object, preserving the London stock brick elevations and slate roof, but incising them with frameless glazing. The character of the interior is set by two double-height voids connecting the ground floor that one enters from the street, and the lower-ground floor, which is at garden level to the rear. Pedestrian-loaded glass to one of these voids brings natural light into a sitting area at the front of the lower-ground floor, while the other is open—visually and acoustically connecting the ground-floor living space and lower-ground-floor dining area. The other levels of the house have a loft-like character—concealed doors allowing them to function as open-plan spaces, or to be partially or fully enclosed into private bedrooms and bathrooms.

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The open-plan kitchen and dining space is punctuated by a double-height space, which loosely divides the two zones of use. Photo  of Vertical Intersect modern homeView Photos

The open-plan kitchen and dining space is punctuated by a double-height space, which loosely divides the two zones of use.

Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, Microwave, White Cabinet, and Porcelain Tile Floor. The spaces are further delineated by large, white sculptural volumes, which define soft edges between them while providing storage. The kitchen is articulated as a composition of smaller-scale volumes variously finished in stone, timber veneer, and white paint. Photo 2 of Vertical IntersectView Photos

The spaces are further delineated by large, white sculptural volumes, which define soft edges between them while providing storage. The kitchen is articulated as a composition of smaller-scale volumes variously finished in stone, timber veneer, and white paint.

The double-height space encourages social interaction between the ground-floor living space and the lower-ground floor dining space. Photo 3 of Vertical Intersect modern homeView Photos

The double-height space encourages social interaction between the ground-floor living space and the lower-ground floor dining space.

Modern home with Dining Room and Table. The double-height space encourages social interaction between the ground-floor living space and the lower-ground floor dining space. Photo 4 of Vertical IntersectView Photos

The double-height space encourages social interaction between the ground-floor living space and the lower-ground floor dining space.

Modern home with Living Room, Pendant Lighting, Sofa, Coffee Tables, and Medium Hardwood Floor. From the interior, windows to the rear elevation appear as voids in the plastic solid of the building volume, glimpsed between the sculptural planes of blade walls and volumes. Photo 5 of Vertical IntersectView Photos

From the interior, windows to the rear elevation appear as voids in the plastic solid of the building volume, glimpsed between the sculptural planes of blade walls and volumes.

Modern home with Office, Library, Chair, Light Hardwood Floor, Shelves, and Bookcase. A central volume of storage loosely divides the ground-floor living space into two zones, while doors concealed in this and other adjacent volumes allow the space to be separated into two rooms. Photo 6 of Vertical IntersectView Photos

A central volume of storage loosely divides the ground-floor living space into two zones, while doors concealed in this and other adjacent volumes allow the space to be separated into two rooms.

Modern home with Bedroom. The bedroom levels can be open-plan or divided into separate rooms by doors concealed in white-painted and timber-clad volumes and planes. Photo 7 of Vertical IntersectView Photos

The bedroom levels can be open-plan or divided into separate rooms by doors concealed in white-painted and timber-clad volumes and planes.

Modern home with Staircase. The second floor hallway is naturally lit—directly by a frameless roof-light, and indirectly by a wall of sand-blasted glass to the top floor bedroom Photo 8 of Vertical IntersectView Photos

The second floor hallway is naturally lit—directly by a frameless roof-light, and indirectly by a wall of sand-blasted glass to the top floor bedroom

Modern home with Bath Room. The top floor accommodates a glass-roofed shower, and a bedroom with its own small living space, top-lit by a motorized glazed roof and frameless roof-lights. Photo 9 of Vertical IntersectView Photos

The top floor accommodates a glass-roofed shower, and a bedroom with its own small living space, top-lit by a motorized glazed roof and frameless roof-lights.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, and Medium Hardwood Floor. The top floor accommodates a glass-roofed shower, and a bedroom with its own small living space, top-lit by a motorized glazed roof and frameless roof-lights. Photo 10 of Vertical IntersectView Photos

The top floor accommodates a glass-roofed shower, and a bedroom with its own small living space, top-lit by a motorized glazed roof and frameless roof-lights.

Modern home with Staircase and Wood Tread. The staircase to the top floor is articulated as a sculptural, folded plane of timber. Photo 11 of Vertical IntersectView Photos

The staircase to the top floor is articulated as a sculptural, folded plane of timber.

The five-story house is split over eight levels, two of which are connected by double-height spaces. Photo 12 of Vertical Intersect modern homeView Photos

The five-story house is split over eight levels, two of which are connected by double-height spaces.

The lower-ground floor steps down the site, following the natural topography, while the double-height spaces provide overlooking vantage points, heightening the sense of the interior as an architectural landscape. Photo 13 of Vertical Intersect modern homeView Photos

The lower-ground floor steps down the site, following the natural topography, while the double-height spaces provide overlooking vantage points, heightening the sense of the interior as an architectural landscape.

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