After gutting the interior of a dark, five-story townhouse, a bright and open space is born.

Glass surfaces act as transparent room dividers throughout the home. Here, an open living area is divided by a ridged glass-and-steel-framed french window.

When a client was looking to incorporate an open, light-filled atmosphere into their central London townhouse, they turned to local firm Andy Martin Architecture to help reimagine the space. 

To deliver the transformation the owners were seeking, the team gutted the five-story property, and added a new ground floor made entirely of glass footpath paving lights—which are common on London commercial streets—to allow an abundance of natural light to enter the space.

Thanks to the glass perforations connecting the first two levels of the home, the structure no longer suffers from a dark, gloomy interior. The team also incorporated a handmade steel staircase to link the ground floor to the basement.

Thanks to the glass perforations connecting the first two levels of the home, the structure no longer suffers from a dark, gloomy interior. The team also incorporated a handmade steel staircase to link the ground floor to the basement.

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The dappled light brightens the basement which houses the kitchen and an open-plan living and dining area.

The dappled light brightens the basement which houses the kitchen and an open-plan living and dining area.

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Shop the Look

Gubi Beetle Sofa

The design of the Beetle sofa reinterprets the characteristic elements of the beetles’ sections: shape, shells, sutures, rigid outside and soft inside, while maintaining comfort and functionality. The seat and back are in laminated molded veneer. This fully upholstered chair is available in a wide range of fabrics or leathers. The steel base comes in a non-stackable base with conical legs available in black painted steel, chrome and brass plated steel. The Beetle sofa is a friendly combination of classic and contemporary lines in unification with great quality and craftsmanship – the fundamental characteristics of the Gubi collection. The sofa is suited for informal meetings, allowing mobility around the table creating a flexible and spontaneous workspace. The tables work as a functional and playful product in the collection as they can create different expressions and functions, depending on the size and number of tables combined. Matching footstool also available. Photo courtesy of Horne

Ferm Living Dark Grey Concrete Pot

Danish-designed concrete planters with simple, geometric details.These concrete planters are the perfect vessels for urban horticulturists. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, the planters are made from solid tinted and natural concrete. They make a beautiful collection when displayed together in a range of colors and sizes. Drawing on Scandinavian design traditions and simple aesthetics, the pots are designed and produced by Danish studio, Ferm Living. Photo courtesy of TRNK

Knoll Bertoia Side Chair

Though Italian-American artist Harry Bertoia had long harbored an interest in mesh and metal forms, it wasn’t until he joined the studio of Charles Eames that he developed his signature techniques for working with steel rods. He brought this knowledge to Pennsylvania in 1950, where he designed furniture for Knoll. Together, Bertoia and the Knoll team invented a custom jig that could bend the rods and produce a curved wire mesh, the foundation for the Side Chair that entered production in 1953. Since then, the chair has continued to be a mainstay in both indoor and outdoor furniture. The frame comes in a variety of finishes, and colored seat pads are available to lend softness to an industrial structure. Its transparent quality helps the Bertoia Side Chair blend into a range of design environments. Said Bertoia, “If you look at these chairs, you will find that they are mostly made up of air, just like sculptures. Space passes right through them.”



Here is a closer look at the kitchen area.

Here is a closer look at the kitchen area.

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The use of the perforations throughout the home help to intensify the light through various aperture dimensions. They also led to the project's name: The Perf House.

The use of the perforations throughout the home help to intensify the light through various aperture dimensions. They also led to the project’s name: The Perf House.

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The glass lenses of the circular pavement lights are a common feature on London streets.

The glass lenses of the circular pavement lights are a common feature on London streets.

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An up-close view of the details in the circular perforations.

An up-close view of the details in the circular perforations.

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On the first floor, solid steel plates transform into a perforated metal spine, which cuts right through the building to the top floor.

On the first floor, solid steel plates transform into a perforated metal spine, which cuts right through the building to the top floor. 

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Glass surfaces act as transparent room dividers throughout the home. Here, an open living area is divided by a ridged glass-and-steel-framed french window.

Glass surfaces act as transparent room dividers throughout the home. Here, an open living area is divided by a ridged glass-and-steel-framed french window.

Nick Rochowski

The glass partition doors assist in opening the space up, while also enhancing the natural light.

The glass partition doors assist in opening the space up, while also enhancing the natural light.

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A perforated steel plate forms a wall between the staircase and the room.

A perforated steel plate forms a wall between the staircase and the room.

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Here is a peek at the exterior at night. As you can see, floor-to-ceiling sliding windows open onto a decked bamboo patio.

Here is a peek at the exterior at night. As you can see, floor-to-ceiling sliding windows open onto a decked bamboo patio.

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Project Credits: 

Architect of Record: Andy Martin Architecture, Andy Martin

Builder/General Contractor: Elvin Properties, Chris Elvin

Structural Engineer: Michael Blacker Partnership, Michael Blacker

Lighting Design: Pinto Design, Pedro Pinto

Interior Design: Andy Martin Architecture, Andy Martin

Cabinetry Design/Installation: Calanpoint Joinery, Alan White

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