Fondé par Fiona McLean, l’agence d’architecture londonienne McLean Quinlan a bâti sa réputation sur la conception sur-mesure de ses intérieurs et sur la qualité architecturale de ses rénovations. Voici une sélection de leurs projets : des intérieurs de maisons londoniennes rénovés avec soin, élégance et sobriété.
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Maison à Holland Park, Londres
This 1900s villa had suffered years of neglect and was in need of a complete overhaul. The house would also have a number of specific purposes – to provide a home for a young family, a place from which to work and a setting to match the ambience and environment of a contemporary art gallery, as the client was a collector of Renaissance frames. More specifically, the brief included five bedrooms, a formal drawing room, a relaxed family area, a playroom for the children, a working study for each of the parents and a staff flat.
The design strategy centred on a dramatic transverse hall, creating an atrium that reached up four storeys to a large roof light that would bring light and drama into the core of the home and give the traditional villa a completely new identity.
The exterior landscape was integral to the concept both functionally and aesthetically and a grove of delicate leafed, white trunked birch trees was planted immediately outside the house at the back, to provide summer shade for the drawing room and a sculptural simplicity outside the family room below.
Maison victorienne à Notting Hill, Londres
This grade II listed Victorian terraced house had been poorly converted and our client wanted a more contemporary concept. As the house was a listed building, many original elements needed to be retained and so the approach was a delicate balance of contemporary and traditional.
A discrete and carefully proportioned addition to the rear of the house and the introduction of natural light deep into the building were key to the reinvigoration. We were also keen to reconnect the house with the tranquil garden and this was achieved through relandscaping and replacing the façade to the lower rear of the house. The existing roof terrace and access were transformed to provide a secluded outside entertaining area.
Light and space were introduced throughout the building with a mix of elements, including glass, oak inserts creating views through to other spaces and internal slot windows.
Maison du XIXème à Ladbroke Grove, Londres
This six storey 19th century terraced house had been divided into seven flats by the previous owner and our brief was to convert it back into a spacious, light and airy family home.
The design we created was very much underpinned by the traditional elements of the existing framework, while adhering to modern, minimalist principles of using quality materials to create clutter-free, clean lines.
The conversion involved gutting all floors and the construction of a new rear terrace and basement level. In the kitchen, full height windows open on to the terrace, which in turn leads to steps up to the communal gardens. Reinforced concrete stairs lead form the terrace to an upper floor.
Maison à Chelsea, Londres
This Grade II listed terraced house was in a pretty grim state when we were first approached. The building had suffered bomb damage in the war and the back addition had been badly rebuilt. More recently, the lower ground front floor room had been converted into a garage and from this there was an impossibly steep ramp up to the road.
The brief was to create a family home with a contemporary feel and there were two particular challenges we needed to address: the house didn’t link well with the garden and the basement was very dark.
With listed building approval granted, the proposed redesign was implemented: the back addition was rebuilt with an additional two floors and at the junction of the new extension and the old house, a 300mm glass slit was introduced into the external wall, roof and floors. This brought light into a potentially dark part of the house and was also an expression of the old as separate from the new. More light was introduced through the middle of the house by the installation of rooflights on the top floor.
The basement was opened up and, as part of the family dining area, we created a conservatory opening on to the garden at the rear of the property. By locating the kitchen/family room and dining area in the basement and adding the new ‘conservatory’ extension, we were able to link this area to the garden, creating easy and direct access between the two.
The integration of full height sliding panels meant the two areas could be separated if needs be. To keep the lines as clean as possible, the roof of the conservatory was a single double-glazed 2.4m wide by 4m long unit. It was important to have a well-proportioned transition from the basement level to garden level, so the garden was redesigned as part of the overall project.
Maison edwardienne à Ealing, Londres
The starting point for this project was a two-storey Edwardian brick house in a residential area and the task was to provide a family home for the next 20 years. Our client was keen the house should be unlike the usual ‘boring’ London conversion – music to the ears of an architect!
Our approach was radical and because the building was in a conservation area, the local authority planning department needed a fair degree of persuasion before planning approval was granted. The front of the house needed to remain in keeping with other properties, but inside and to the rear, we had gained permission to experiment and we removed just about everything apart from the front and side walls, to open the house up to light and space to create a very contemporary but practical home.
We demolished the existing back extension and installed wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows that open on to the limestone terrace and the walled garden beyond. The upper floor was inserted into the attic to provide a master bedroom suite and study. Colours throughout the house are muted, with the occasional splash of brightness, skylights and slits in the stair wall allow light into the middle of the house.