St Paul's Place


Commissioned by multiple generations of the same family, the brief for St Paul’s Place was to create two separate homes for grandparents, and their children and grandchildren, within the same Grade II-listed Georgian townhouse that the family had lived in for many years.

The house had seen only minor alterations throughout its history, including the addition of a small, low quality, lower ground floor extension. The original closet wing was still clearly defined, and there was a desire from the planners that the historic character of the rear of the house be maintained. The solution was to create two new lead-topped glass and timber rear extensions—one for the grandparents as part of a new lower-ground floor flat, and one as part of the larger family home on the upper levels—as part of a wider refurbishment and reconfiguration of the house. The two extensions, similar in materials and character create a unified approach with equal access to the shared garden, while providing clear differentiation between the two domains. From the outside, the design of the two extensions echoes the form of the existing closet wing, and amplifies the Georgian character of the rear of the house, with a series of shifting volumes of differing heights and depths. A contemporary intervention, designed to reflect the legacy of the house’s past.