Threefold Architects


  • A cabinet of curiosities

The lower ground floor of this existing four storey Edwardian Villa, in St. John’s Wood, London has been reconfigured and reinvented to create a 200sqm lateral apartment of flowing open plan living spaces that are visually and physically connected to the garden, flooded with natural light and imbued with a unique atmosphere by rich and unusual material textures and spatial juxtapositions.

Central to our approach was the insertion of a ‘joinery spine’ manifested as a continuous cabinetry element that runs 100ft (32m) throughout the apartment and acts both as a ‘threshold’ and a ‘container’ of objects and functions. 

The palette of materials for the project has been carefully chosen to give a distinct character to each of the spaces. Contemporary finishes such as the douglas fir flooring and joinery wall and the concrete worktops have been blended with bespoke brass handles, traditional Belfast sink, brass taps and natural limestone flooring. Throughout the apartment reclaimed lighting has been carefully chosen and positioned often to provide both a specific material or sculptural presence within the space as well as a particular quality of light.

Project Data

Client: Confidential

Type: Residential

Area: 1910 sqft

Status: Completed

Location: London

Photographs by Charles Hosea