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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Modern home with Storage Room. 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

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 Intersect

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 home

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 Intersect

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