Architect: Tigg + Coll Architects
Engineering Disciplines: Structural Engineering
Designed with Tigg Coll Architects, 7 Physic Place is the refurbishment of a compact and dated Mews house in London. The concept was driven by bringing light and space to the house with a sculptural folded steel stair as the centrepiece of the project.
A new steel frame was added to open up the existing rear façade and extend the ground floor into part of the rear garden. This provided an additional ‘room’ and located both the kitchen and reception room around a courtyard garden. The glazed doors to the courtyard garden slide away opening up the corner and reinforcing the notion of openness and light.
The folded steel staircase forms the sculptural spine of the project. The innovative use of folded steel creates an exposed structure which forms the underside of the staircase, and with a patinated finish gives a softer appearance to contrast the pristine aesthetic of the interior of the house. The steps are clad with warm, double-fumed white oak, with a shadow gap detail visually defining the different materials. The staircase has a lightweight appearance and feel, blending the raw and soft textures.
Engenuiti were the structural engineers providing full design services including support for the planning application and throughout the construction stage.
Photography credit: Tigg + Coll Architects