Queen's Park, London
The problem with the ubiquitous two-storey London Victorian terrace house is that the rear extension cuts off the main reception rooms from the rear garden. In this house the plan is turned upside down. The kitchen and living space are moved to an open-plan first floor and the bedrooms placed in the darker ground floor. Rooflights and glass floors bring light into the heart of the house, while a double-height glazed rear facade integrates both floors with the garden. The floor changes level to suit the use of the long stainless steel counter, as it changes from coffee table to worktop to breakfast table.