Natural light in architecture and especially in your own home plays an important role for everyone and is therefore one of the basic requirements when it comes to planning your own four walls. And if you build your house from scratch, you can easily have everything that is important designed and planned. But if you decide instead for a finished and old house, things will look very different. Because then you have to watch how you use the existing one optimally or change it.
The owners of this modern house, which was originally a Victorian-style building from 1851 and is located in London, United Kingdom, faced the same challenge. Above all, the poor lighting conditions, but also the room layout in the manner typical of this style, bothered the builders, so a solution had to be found. The architects from FLOW Architects helped them with a rather radical decision: In order to receive natural light and open living spaces, the house had to be almost completely demolished and rebuilt.
Natural light with a waterfall effect
The project, which was supposed to bring natural light into dark rooms, lives up to its name “Light Falls”. Because like a real waterfall, the effect of cascades is created, except that here natural light cascades into the living space and merges the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces. Since the building is located in a nature reserve, the outer facade had to be retained. In this way the Victorian style could in some ways be retained and combined with the modern interior.
Large windows as natural light sources
A light-flooded inner courtyard forms the center of the house. This, as well as the open staircase, allow the light to easily illuminate the rooms. In the dining area, which is directly connected to the open kitchen, as well as the living room, this is also achieved through high windows. The whole thing is also supported by the use of light materials in wood color, white and light gray tones. Dark colors only serve as an accent here and there.
Natural light in the minimalist living spaces
The combination of straight lines and shapes and organic, sinuous ones is also striking. While the kitchen and a large part of the rest of the furniture, including the built-in cupboards, are characterized by straight lines, the stairs and some wood accents on the ceiling show themselves in rounded, wave-like shapes that are almost sculptural. In the evening hours, numerous artificial light sources create the necessary ambience, including indirect lighting, but also modern pendant and ceiling lights.
In the garden, it’s not just the large walnut tree that catches the eye. There, too, the decision was made to use organic shapes instead of straight paths and geometrically shaped beds. The small terrace is on a lower level than the garden, which is reached via a staircase. White concrete frames the beds and forms an attractive accent to the gray paving stones. Another nice contrast here are the lush flower beds.
Take a closer look at the impressive house design, which not only impresses with natural light, and get an impression of the breathtaking work of the architects. Take a look into the bright living rooms and let yourself be inspired by the minimalist and stylish furnishings and decoration!
Designer built-in wardrobe and open staircase
White walls and natural wood
Light bar for indirect light in the ceiling
Minimalist kitchen cabinets in white
Monochrome kitchen design in gray and white
Bedroom with privacy screen made of wood
Subtle and stylish decorations
Wall system with organic shapes
Large skylight for natural light
Spiral staircase with an organic design
Light laminate and large windows create a friendly atmosphere
Decorative pendant lights in industrial style
London townhouse combines modern and Victorian styles
Open room design as a solution for originally dark rooms
Natural and indirect light in one: the steps are at a distance from the wall, through which light penetrates
Narrow house with a clever design
Monochrome bathroom in gray and with a large mirror
Elegant metallic accents in the bathroom
Victorian brick facade
Ground floor plan
Floor plan first floor
Plan of the roof
House in side view
The house has 5 floors, some of which are underground
Optimal use of the narrow property area
Design by Flow Architecture.