Refered to as Tower Book House, this home in North London features a luxurious interior that’ll fill the bookworm in you with envy. The interior revamp and extension has been carried out by local architecture firm, Platform 5.
The designers were tasked with creating a home that would embrace the client’s extensive book collection. The result is a modern home featuring a double-height library that wraps around the staircase.
An extension was added to the kitchen, expanding it out into the garden. Other areas of the house, like the staircase, were also given a new lease on life. They’ve created a contemporary home that harks back to its Arts & Crafts roots. It’s filled with bright living areas, colored with wood, brick and concrete.
It’s the staircase that steals the show however. The all-wood finish with walls lined with books could easily trick you into think you’d stepped into a public library (and a very fresh one at that). The spiraling bookcases follow the stairs up to a landing. It comes complete with its own little study that juts out over the first floor below.
The kitchen was doubled in size to accommodate a new dining area. The dining area backs onto a wall composed of London-stock bricks – another standout element of the project.
“We used exposed brickwork in the extension to link the room with the garden by continuing the garden wall into the interior. London stock brick is an essential part of the character of the city and it forms a beautiful backdrop to a domestic interior.” – Platform 5
The kitchen island is topped with concrete. Bare concrete can also be found on the floors – and why not; it’s a hard-wearing, easy-to-maintain surface that fits in with the muted tones found elsewhere in Tower Book House. Other features include a large pivot door to the rear of the kitchen that gives way to the a private garden.
Photos © Platform 5, Alan Williams