Flow Architecture&Magrlts l “光之瀑布”雕塑感住宅
LIGHT FALLS坐落在倫敦肯辛頓的一條綠樹成蔭的道路上，倫敦事務所FLOW Architecture與倫敦建築師MAGRITS合作，徹底重建這座維多利亞式住宅以應對增加日光和空間流動性的需求，翻新後的建築從外觀上看可能是一樣的，但在內部卻體現了當代的精致。該住宅以雕塑般的采光井為中心，將日光引入建築物的核心，因此該住宅得名“光之瀑布”。該住宅有五層，包括一個新的地下室和一個兩層高的後部擴建部分，可輕鬆滿足客戶閑適的生活要求，極簡的風格感和不斷增長的藝術收藏。
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 façade 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.
設計公司: FLOW Architecture、MAGRITS