White Rabbit House / Gundry & Ducker

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White Rabbit House / Gundry & Ducker

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Text description provided by the architects. The house is part of a terrace of 1970s Neo-Georgian houses, built on the site of large demolished Victorian villas. This terrace is one of many similar examples built over a ten-year period from the mid-1960s around Canonbury. While the front facade was designed in the Georgian Revival style, the interior layout and design were generic 1970s house builders. By eliminating all the interior all the way to the exterior walls and roof, we inserted a new interior as a modern interpretation of a Georgian house interior. The design is centered around a pill-shaped cantilever staircase that sits in a triple-height space with the upper rooms accessible directly from the staircase.

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The hallway has a marble and terrazzo checkerboard floor, with the terrazzo continuing up to the staircase. A rear extension offers a kitchen and a dining area. A full-width ceiling light illuminates the middle of the plan. Local planning restrictions inexplicably precluded rear dormers (or any form of roof extension). Our solution was to move the floor levels to get three floors, in the available space.

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The design was intended to provide a contrasting journey through the house. The initial volume of the entrance hall is contrasted by the scale of the arched tunnel beyond. There is a visual connection through the house, from the front door to the arched garden window and the space beyond. The rear façade is made of white brick and terrazzo and alludes to the Georgian marble fireplace surrounds.

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The project was an opportunity to explore the skills of craftsmen with whom we have been working for a few years. The cantilever staircase was built entirely on site and although contemporary is constructed in the same way that a Victorian or Georgian staircase would be constructed. We also worked with a terrazzo specialist on a bespoke terrazzo mix used in both in-situ and pre-fabricated format. This formed the stair treads, the floor, the countertops and the cladding of the rear facade.

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