Situated in the residential area of Rotherhithe, a district that falls just below the river Thames and the core of central London, Liene Linke has designed a ‘welcome home‘ house for a family of four. Developed with high aspirations of transforming a former house share letting into a family sanctuary, the project aims to create a comfortable and stable environment that grows and changes with its inhabitants by focusing on a notion of what makes a house a home. In addition to this concept, the original layout of the house has been modified to provide tailored living areas for the client. show more
In corridors, throughout the house, a collection of clients’ personal chattels is displayed on walls and atop custom-made radiator covers. Striped wallpaper with green and off-white vertical lines coalesce with white finish at the top of the room and black baseboard, framing dark wooden flooring, at the bottom of the room into a distinct yet composed back aesthetic that melds eclectic collection into a curious harmony.
Custom-designed mosaic of white, black and forest green tiles with brass trimmings is laid on the ground floor to ensure a hard-wearing and stain resistant surface for navigation between indoors and outdoors. Two new spaces – a home office and a powder room, were created on the ground floor in place of a former bedroom. Additionally, this reconfiguration resulted in gaining sufficient circulation room in the hallway to fit a spacious storage unit under the staircase.
On the first floor a wall separating kitchen and another former bedroom has been removed. This new open plan, amalgamating kitchen, dining and lounge areas, is now the heart of the house. Drapes, affixed to the ceiling across the room, function as an adjustable room divider and facilitate a more intimate and sheltered ambience when so required.
The second floor comprises of two bedrooms and a bathroom. The first bedroom, designed for a four-year-old, features playful murals with bold colour blocks painted on a light blue background. Two fluffy clouds, made of pillow batting, with integrated LED lights, are suspended above bed, creating serene and dreamy bedtime experience, while subtly contributing to child’s imaginative development. The second room, allocated for a nursery, has been prepared for future personalization. Four meters long floor-to-ceiling built-in provides for ample storage space, and an all-round white finish, abated with dark brown wooden flooring, create neutral basepoint on which to build upon. Bathroom, tiled white to floor and walls, with inset bathtub, wall-hung pan and mirror medicine cabinet flush with wall, attribute to a crisp and easy-to-maintain sanitary standard. Washbasin is set on bespoke stainless-steel stand with hand-turned wooden legs and a shelf. Mirror inlays in bathing area add frolic touch while sleek black fixtures – a refined contrast.
The third floor is dedicated to a master bedroom with an ensuite. This compact top floor room with slanted ceilings fits a queen-sized bed, a built-in closet with sliding mirror doors, a dressing corner with floating vanity and a private shower room. Woodland theme, inspired by clients’ peculiar ‘how we met’ story, enfolds this space with warmth and happy memories. Placement of mirrors directly opposite the window as well as in niches on either side of the bed, avail optimal light distribution and add depth to the room.
Project: Townhouse SE16
Location: London, UK
Size: 145 m²
Brief: Multi-Let Conversion to Private Residence
Timescale: 8 months
Services: Concept Design, Space Planning, Bespoke Furniture Design, FF&E Specification, Design Documentation