New Kensington interior by O’Sullivan Skoufoglou

O’Sullivan Skoufoglou crafts minimalist wood-clad Kensington interior

Kensington Place, a new residential renovation and extension in London, by emerging architecture studio O’Sullivan Skoufoglou, combines warm wood and minimalism

Emerging London architecture firm O’Sullivan Skoufoglou, an alumnus of the 2021 Wallpaper* Architects Directory, has just completed Kensington Place, a meticulous and masterful renovation and extension of an existing property in west London. The house, a family home for an art-loving couple, not only represents a comfortable and functional Kensington interior; it’s also a masterclass in balancing domestic warmth, function and Nordic minimalism.

The project, a mid-19th century Victorian terraced house in a conservation area, was a memoir of a family who had lived there since the 1970s – but now, with adult children who had fled the nest, they wanted to redevelop the layout and interiors of their home. according to their changing needs and circumstances. The unification of the basement, which felt fragmented, defined by a low ceiling, and the redesign of its existing veranda, were key elements of the commissioning program, explain the architects, who sought to create “spaces open and livable connected to the old courtyard space at the back.

The team, led by company co-founders Jody O’Sullivan and Amalia Skoufoglou, set to work, creating an interior wrapped in warm wood in soft tones and clean surfaces that promote serenity and a overall uncluttered feel. An attitude that nods to Nordic minimalism is reinforced by natural wood throughout and a sumptuous floor in generous planks of Douglas fir.

At the same time, the rear has been completely redesigned into a pink-hued garden pavilion. ‘The new rear wall has a large opening to let the most light into the space and to improve the conversation with the intimate garden. Its materiality, the red porphyry stone and bespoke iroko sliding timber frames, have been considered with careful consideration and context assessment, envisioned to be sympathetic to the historic fabric yet durable,” the architects state.

The new aesthetic approach is also supported by careful tuning of the home’s functionality – with new ventilation techniques, improved natural lighting throughout and a reimagined layout that cleverly separates public and private spaces on the floors – helping to transform this house in a fully refreshed house, 21st century Kensington interior. §

Betty K. Park