Design Project: A Light And Airy Family Home In Islington, London

Half levels and mezzanine floors borrow light from a double-height space at this property's centre.

PROPERTY

A modern terraced house in Islington, London. When the owners bought it, it was dark and cluttered. They hired Amos Goldreich Architecture who transformed it into a sophisticated, light and spacious family home. The goal was to create a sense of comfort and ‘home’ for the young family of three, from bright, open areas, carefully arranged to maximise space, to refined materials and finishes which bring everything together. Amos Goldreich created a central double height space with half levels that look into it, thus maximising natural light, and built a side return and roof extension too, as well as extensive internal refurbishment.

DINING

An open-plan kitchen, dining and living room sit on the ground and lower-ground floors. The spaces are arranged over an open series of half-levels, exploiting volume and light. Dining room visible from kitchen, as well as the playroom that sits on the mezzanine level, and the office that sits above the playroom, both looking down into this communal space.

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The dining room is clean and simple, with classic Eames chairs and a white palette.

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KITCHEN

The double height dining area flows into a cosy blue kitchen, with sleek, handleless cabinetry.

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Energy efficient features, including LED lighting and new plumbing with underfloor heating in the kitchen and dining area, also add aesthetic uniformity and reduce clutter.

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LIVING AREA

Removing the third bedroom at the first half-landing resulted in a study half the depth and a spacious living room.

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KIDS' ROOM

The child's bedroom sits above the living room, on a mezzanine level that overlooks the dining space below. A raised, built-in bed plays on the multi-level theme.

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There's plenty of storage to keep the room looking clear and clutter-free.

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STUDY

A compact study has an open window overlooking the dining room, with shutters that can be pulled shut.

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MASTER BEDROOM

Up a narrow set of stairs is the master bedroom, sitting at the top of the house.

All windows were replaced with double-glazed, timber windows. The selection of materials was kept to a minimum so that the house would feel 'streamlined' and not too busy. This restriction was echoed in the choice of colour palette to enhance the space in terms of size and fluidity.

Recessed shelves allow little pockets to display books and decorative items, and also act as space-saving bedside tables.

Storage is built-in, and recessed, freeing up floor space.

BATHROOM

The bathroom is the only room in the house that doesn't have oak flooring, instead featuring patterned porcelain tiles.

REAR

The kitchen and dining room open up into a terrace at the back of the house.

Photography: Rory Gardiner