Constructed around 1873 for Frederick Barnard (an illustrator of Charles Dickens’ books),
this Grade ll listed Victorian building forms part of a group of five artists’ houses. The property itself consists of a detached house and a single storey artist studio with a pitched roof extending into the rear garden.
Thanks to a series of very unfortunate conversions in the 1960s, the once grand ensemble of Dickens’ day no longer exists, so the main goal of the project - by SevilPeach design and architectural studio based in London - was to transform the property back to its former glory.
Other goals were:
- providing as much daylight to lower ground floor as possible and integrate the beautiful garden into the scenography and usage of the rooms;
- reinstating the original front door and reconfiguring the original spatial sequences of the interior by replacing the dilapidated external stair with a new sculptural cantilevered steel stair;
- stripping the outside and inside of the building of any structures that were not historic whilst carefully identifying, uncovering and restoring the traditional details and room proportions.
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