Studio Lisboeta are transforming the first floor of a Georgian house in Bow to bring in natural light and create a more practical living space.
The three storey house is on a narrow but prominent site, just off Wennington Green and close to Victoria Park and the Regent’s Canal. The entire house was architecturally renovated more than a decade ago, accentuating its verticality and adding new stairs. The new owners wanted to create a more fluid and light-filled space, reorganising the rear of the first floor and creating more living and storage space.
Our unconventional design creates large internal windows and eliminates some traditional architectural boundaries such as doors, walls and ceilings. This approach reinstates the original proportions of the bedroom and lets light flood into the interior. Dramatic wood blocks articulate the bedroom, access corridor, and concealed ensuite, while providing practical wardrobe and storage space. New bookshelves, cupboards and a hidden washer-dryer machine streamline the family’s daily life. Generous scale new mirrors dissolve the bedroom corner, making it look deeper and brighter, with textured glass adding to the optical illusion.
The carefully selected colour palette and tactile texture of the materials animate the space, respecting the original architectural qualities, and highlighting the new elements. The oak timber bookshelf features green-toned Valchromat MDF – a zero carbon non-toxic wood that uses forest waste and organic dyes, complementing the hand-made artisan tiles using natural pigments. Spray-painted furniture, mirrors and reed glass provide the playful contrast.
Bow, conservation area of the Tower Hamlets Borough