Flow Architecture&Magrlts l “光之瀑布”雕塑感住宅
LIGHT FALLS坐落在伦敦肯辛顿的一条绿树成荫的道路上，伦敦事务所FLOW Architecture与伦敦建筑师MAGRITS合作，彻底重建这座维多利亚式住宅以应对增加日光和空间流动性的需求，翻新后的建筑从外观上看可能是一样的，但在内部却体现了当代的精致。该住宅以雕塑般的采光井为中心，将日光引入建筑物的核心，因此该住宅得名“光之瀑布”。该住宅有五层，包括一个新的地下室和一个两层高的后部扩建部分，可轻松满足客户闲适的生活要求，极简的风格感和不断增长的艺术收藏。
Located on a leafy road in Kensington, London, this recently renovated Victorian terraced house stands out in its radical approach to inhabiting historical housing. Thoroughly reconstructed in response to the need for increased daylight and spatial fluidity by London-based practice FLOW Architecture in collaboration with London-based architect MAGRITS, the renovated building may look the same from the outside but revels internally in contemporary sophistication. Centred on sculptural light well that ushers daylight deep into the building’s core, hence the residence’s name “Light Falls”, the dwelling smoothly unfolds on five floors, including a new basement and a double-height rear-extension, comfortably catering to the client’s laidback living requirements, minimalist sense of style and growing art collection.
Originally built in 1851, the four-storey, end-of-terrace house exemplified Victorian residential architecture in its compartmentalised layout and poor quality of natural light. Faced with such conditions, the design team set upon completely reconfiguring the internal layout keeping only the street facing fa?ade intact in line with the area’s planning restrictions, which in effect meant demolishing the building and reconstructing it literally from scratch.
At the centre of the building, the architects have incorporated a slender light well extending down to the raised ground floor and an open staircase that goes all the way from the upper floors down to the lower ground floor and the new basement below, both of which have been conceived in sculptural terms and crowned by large frameless skylights. These two bold gestures enhance the fluidity of the vertically stacked living spaces and allow natural light to percolate throughout the core of the building as reflected in the project’s name. “The name Light Falls perfectly expresses the soul of the house”, explain the design team, “the cascading effect of daylight, brought in vertical motion to the centre of the building, enlivens the interior spaces and dissolves the borders between outdoor and indoor spaces”.
Visual connections between indoors and outdoors also abound, centred on an all-glass extension featuring panoramic sliding doors connecting the dining area and living room above with the terrace and garden on the back of the property.Echoing the sculptural geometry of the light well and staircase, the gently curved terrace accommodates a large walnut tree that dominates the landscaped garden, as do the organically shaped planters and serpentine footpath.
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