The Lancasters Hyde Park

by Lawson Robb

The restrictions that come with the reconfiguration of a listed building can be suffocating, but also provide rules that can guide and inspire.

It was necessary that this project was lead by a brief that was aware of the architectural heritage, yet flexible enough to incorporate contemporary design details. The Lancasters was originally a Victorian parade of stucco-fronted, Grade II listed homes. The developers mainatined and restored the facade, but rebuilt the back end of the property. This allowed the dynamic contrast to shine through - the contrast between traditional and contemporary architecture.

Lawson Robb took on the challenge of desiging a show-home within this historic yet contemporary building. The home features a bright double-height living space, suplplemented by cosier rooms and hallways that give an interesting interpretation of space and the way residents occupy it. Pinkish, pleated curtains give an accurate sense of the height of the living room, dropping from the tops of traditional sash windows, to the floor where they are met with a plush rug and furniture in similar hues, offset by a statement black leather sofa.

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