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“One of the most beautiful interiors I’ve seen in a long time.“
George Clarke

Cannon Place is a Victorian house conversion, located in Hampstead Heath, London. The design brief was to create a contemporary, yet functional family home that embraced volume, depth and light as the core design principles. For the designers Minale+Mann it was a pleasure working with clients who were open to design innovation and enjoyed being challenged with new ideas.
The entire process included a full strip out of the main structure of the house, creating a new configuration of the internal volume on all floors. Vast open internal spaces with strong architectural angles, high ceilings and design features appear throughout.

The approach to the interior was to create stark graphical interfaces throughout the home to highlight key design details.

Soft grey walls reflect light and create a sense of calm, whilst band-sawn timber flooring and a specialist micro-cement finish applied to walls create texture and warmth. The selection of natural finishes, including marble, brass and timber help to soften the imposing architecture to make an inviting family home. A striking contemporary staircase at the centre is the main feature of the house. It connects all four floors creating a vertical tunnel of light that cascades from the light well at the top down to the lower ground floor, mixing light and shadow interplay throughout the day.

The open plan layout of the bottom two floors gives the house a spacious and airy feel. An eight metre void between lower and ground floor acts as a light well, accentuating the vertical expanse between the two floors.

Running vertically across these two floors is a black Valchromat “box” with architectural and lined detail. The internal space of the box houses utility spaces on both floors whilst its dark fluted cladding adds drama and contrast to the otherwise soft palette of the interior.

In the basement high ceilings and an open expanse of space create a gallery-like feel. However, secluded spaces can be found in the private study, guest bedroom and gym.

The selection of natural finishes, including marble, brass and timber, help to balance the imposing architectural details with a warm and inviting home.

The ground level holds the foyer, reception room and open kitchen and dining area.

The Valchromat units are topped with thick slabs of tundra grey marble and the taps are finished in oil rubbed bronze to compliment the bespoke dining pendant.

On the first floor lay the master suite, the two children’s bedrooms and a family bathroom. The second floor has a guest bedroom and ensuite.

Architect: Minale+Mann