Inspired by the 1819 painting ‘Interior of an Italian Church’ by the English romantic painter J. M. W. Turner, the house on Tiverton Road is a study in austerity married to Japanese elegance. Designed by Takero Shimazaki Architects who are influenced by both, tactile as well as visual quality, the house sits behind an unassuming silvering chestnut cladding and gives no indication of the curious interplay of light and texture ensuing inside.
Accessed via a concealed door in a chestnut fence on Tiverton Road, the house is intended as a sanctuary from the realities of city life. Influenced by the traditional Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, the interiors of the house converge cohesively in a celebration of all that is imperfect and incomplete. Light is a recurring theme in the two-storey home, pouring in via strategically placed skylights and handcrafted, arched windows in the kitchen and living room.These effortlessly open onto a courtyard garden, which evokes the austere traditions of the Japanese rock garden. Strewn with translucent white pebbles and ornamented with a Japanese Acer tree, it also has a rustic outdoor shower installed for added appeal.
Atmospheric down to the last detail, the house mirrors Turner’s interest in complex perspective and curious lack of descriptive detail. Besides a polished concrete gallery that leads into a hallway of bare plaster, the house also has a master bedroom accented with a wall of shuttered concrete and two high-arched windows that open out to the courtyard garden below.
A well-proportioned study space fitted with a glass floor is located right over the kitchen with an adjoining dining room. A versatile room with a sedum roof and a built-in circular roof light could possibly be used for multiple purposes.
Moreover, a brass handrail wraps around a concrete spiral staircase that descends to the lower-ground floor and is wonderfully lit from above by a high, arched window. The bathroom, in addition to the herringbone tiling, also boasts unique brass fittings and a vintage bird-bath stone sink resting on a bespoke stand. In addition to the above features, the house is also equipped with an additional bedroom, utility room with washer/dryer, a shower room with cement tiling and brass fittings on the ground floor and private parking.
Located between Kensal Rise and Queens Park, the house is uniquely situated to take advantage of the excellent selection of shops, cafes, pubs, and restaurants as well as a well-established farmer’s market known to take place nearby every Sunday. Moreover, the green locales of Queens Park located only a short distance away are ideal for young or growing families, while Tiverton Green is popular amongst dog walkers.
The property is currently promoted through Knight Frank and is available on the market for £1.25 million. To know more, click here
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