The underside of the roof forms large planes of tilted enclosure areas, strongly felt by anyone standing in the new spaciousness; the few vertical surfaces merging with the tilting planes forming a unified canopy above the completely open floor area. The roof space itself has now emerged to become a space with individuality and character. The before and after of this space have become worlds apart. Before, tiny, dark, claustrophobic boxes – after, now, an expanse of space and light with space to breathe, respecting an earlier tradition of one roof, one space.
The roof space of a large, listed Art Nouveau townhouse has been renovated and modernised, including access via a new two-flight staircase. The challenge had been to create a spacious and useable room from a relatively dark and dismal attic, whilst at the same time adhering to all the relevant preservation bye-laws. New large scale roof openings were not permitted, however, the skylights, using the maximum areas allowed, and the fully renovated dormer windows, have become definitive sources of light for the open vistas of the new roof space. The new bathroom fits cosily into its own white box whilst the free-standing chimney emphasizes the full height of the roof itself. The newly created roof space is in keeping with the house itself and has a charm and a quality of its own. It has been re-created to an original and authentic state, spatially and constructionally, and now hovers creatively and openly high up above its parent house below.