- Original design
- Studio McLeod, 2015
This ground floor Studio with a family home above is a unique solution to extending and remodelling a terraced property to provide separate yet connected work and living space. The studio has won the 2017 RIBA London Award and Don’t Move, Improve! Most Innovative Award. The Home Studio is also featured in the October issue of The World of Interiors magazine.
One enters through an understated front door into a naturally lit hallway with impressive height and faceted grey plaster walls and ceiling. The flat above is accessed by a bespoke metal staircase, which also slides across (Harry Potter style) to reveal a hidden motorcycle, allowing it to be ridden out the front door. There are three other motorbikes hidden within the ground floor.
The ground floor studio is accessed through a hidden sliding door at the end of the hallway. Its main features are the clerestory glazing illuminating the curved oak cladding of the side walls. The clerestory glazing gives a sense of height and also provides a balustrade for a grass roof terrace from the upstairs dining room. In the evening the terrace is dramatically illuminated by the lights in the studio.
- Hallway with tall faceted grey plaster walls
- A bespoke metal staircase, which also slides across to reveal a hidden motorcycle,
- Clerestory glazing illuminating the curved oak cladding of the side walls
- Gold lined slanted skylight
A dark grey floating ceiling over the main work area is perforated with a gold lined slanted skylight bringing light onto the middle of the desks. This naturally changes colour to a deep blue as the sun sets. The remaining walls are grey plaster with concealed storage and kitchen behind a series of hinged and sliding doors. The outline of the previous existing walls of the closet extension are subtly marked out on the floor in the dark grey brick.
The studio wc is home to the necessary sanitaryware. There is a sink made from the old outhouse cistern and 82 walnut drawer fronts line the walls, one of which is unlocked and openable.
Duncan McLeod’s family home is on the two floors above. The first floor comprises a large open plan kitchen / living room with a dining room at the rear opening onto the first of two terraces. The kitchen living room comprises two huge sliding doors concealing kitchen storage, TV, books etc. An island unit is designed to resemble a piece of furniture rather than a kitchen using vintage glass display cabinets, which also slide open to reveal secret storage and a place to hang the baby chair! A blackened steel fireplace completes the wall composition to provide a homely and warm focus to the room.
Studio McLeod was set up in 2010 as a small architectural practice specialising in high quality residential and art related projects.
We like people and enjoy the excitement that great ideas generate as much as the design process. We aim to create projects which are emotionally comforting, wondrous and exciting, that let people reconnect with the childhood idea that anything is possible. We are always looking for possibilities to make amazing spaces, solving puzzles and sculpting natural light along the way because the reaction from clients, when you can create or transform something they hadn’t thought possible, is pretty special.