The Perf House – Perforated, Not Perfect

"...Footpath paving lights repurposed to allow natural light and activity to connect the first two levels of the building - Perf(orated) House, delicate, yet bold..."

If anything was named ‘Perf’, you’d be forgiven for thinking that that was a trendier, half-subtle attempt at saying ‘perfect’, but rather in this instance, Perf means perforated. The perf house was conceptualised and realised by a drive from its homeowner who wanted to bring some of the light and openness of their native Sardinia to central London (Great Britain). A novel idea, the scope of this project involved the complete removal of all existing internal elements of a generic Georgian 5-storey terrace house in Belgravia (London) to leave a vast 6 sided internal volume as a blank canvas.

A huge challenge, Andy Martin Architecture (AMA) were the elected project architects and in removing all of the home’s features, then re-imagined the spaces within to deliver a new home environment with transparency and connection, materiality and texture, light and shadow, excitement and tranquillity.

Featuring a restrained palette of industrial materials of raw concrete and blackened steel, and in combination with refined glass, timber and carefully detailed plasterwork to create a relaxed but crisp interior, the complimentary choices are ‘perfect’ (we had to get that link in somewhere). To solve the inevitable issue of a dark and unwelcoming basement level that is always common in this building type, AMA introduced a ground floor that is made up entirely of footpath paving lights – common on every London commercial street – repurposed in this home to allow natural light and activity to connect the first two levels of the building – Perf(orated) House, delicate, yet bold.

With inter-floor materiality connection by way of perforations and light, so too a handmade steel staircase connects the basement to the ground floor and works its way up to the first floor; solid steel plates transform into a perforated metal spine which cuts right through the building to the top floor. With a clear focus of this house on materiality x contemporary, it is almost forgotten that the home’s ‘skin’ is a Georgian townhouse. Is the deliberate camouflage of any original features a good or bad point? SATORI & SCOUT will let you decide.

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Novel Perforations Of Light

Georgian townhouses often offer architects their ideal projects given the home's high ceilings (et al.), but how often have you ever seen the issue of lighting combated in this way - the answer is probably never. Lighting really brings about a certain character and dynamic in any space, and this has been achieved absolutely wonderfully and curiously.

(Photography Credit :  Andy Martin Architecture)

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