Design Project: An Islington Home With Seriously Cool Kids Spaces

This house has us plotting a playroom redesign...


A 1615 square foot townhouse in Islington has been completely redesigned by Scenario Architecture, cleverly incorporating cosy nooks and playful kids spaces. The interior of this townhouse, located in a gated development, moments from the Regent’s Canal, was in need of a modern overhaul. The name of the project ('The Nook') was inspired by the homeowner’s brief: to design a series of nooks within a progressive, innovative design, while maintaining the house’s existing structure. Cosy nooks pop up throughout the property as intimate spaces where the family can enjoy time together, or alone.

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Having to preserve the original layout pushed the architects to think more creatively with how to orientate the space. Rather than eliminating walls to create an open plan, they enhanced the home’s essential elements with tailored joinery.

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“The existing building structure gave us an opportunity to be creative with how we orientated the space. Rather than opening up rooms to create a large living space, we created multiple intimate spaces to allow the family to spend time together or enjoy the space separately,” explains architect Ran Ankory.

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Entering from the ground floor, the family are greeted by a warm walnut floor and staircase with a glass bannister to increase the feeling of space. The ground floor was opened up to become an open-plan kitchen and dining room with ‘nooks’ created in corners for reading and playing.

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The first floor was transformed into a maritime playground with curved steel walls lined with fishnets to create an open plan, secret and playful space.

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This playful space is brightened by skylights, and features lots of built-in storage for toys, books and art supplies.

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Upstairs, a shower room hides behind a double vanity, contained within its own private nook.

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Photography: Luke Hayes