St Paul’s Place
The works to this Grade II listed house in Islington, London, comprised a new build extension, internal alterations and complete refurbishment / interior design including the creation of two new bathrooms. A key objective was to improve the quality of space to the lower ground floor, a long enfilade of dark and shallow spaces, and to enhance its connection to the garden. In addressing this problem Project Orange relocated the kitchen within a new extension and created both formal and informal dining areas.
The new zinc clad extension replaces an old conservatory and is a vertical chamber, top lit by a 3 x 3m frameless skylight evoking a room without a ceiling. From above the skylight gives the illusion of a pool of water reflecting the neighbouring trees and sky. The volume acts as a pivotal connection between the raised kitchen, existing basement and garden terrace. The interior employs a rich palette of polished surfaces such as an in-situ terrazzo floor, lacquered wall panels to reflect light into the lower ground floor and rosewood veneer. The continuous floor plane of terrazzo also further connects interior and exterior by extending to a sunken terrace.
Upstairs a new set of deluxe rooms was created in harmony with the rich detailing of the listed building. The master bedroom is lined in silver grey silk with a deep shag pile rug acting as foil to the theatrical bed and acid green chair. The new en-suite bathroom is clad in white statuary marble. Here a freestanding wall provides a screen to the shower and WC as well as a backdrop to the bath, a masculine look completed with a black linoleum floor.