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1-9 Peel Place 

Rethinking the urban townhouse

Interior Design

Located on Lillie Road, Earl’s Court, this development comprises nine family-sized townhouses expressed as a contemporary vernacular of the traditional London terrace.

Our clients brief was to provide generous family housing with its own mews access and secure parking. We were also asked to incorporate improved service access for the adjacent hotel including its deliveries, recycling and laundry facilities.

Our design creates generous living spaces that are flooded with natural light and offer surprising spatial relationships between the inside and the outside.

Living areas and private courtyards are physically connected on multiple levels and there is a continuous visual connection between the central atrium staircase and the outside amenity spaces.

The external façades offer a play of quality materials, elegantly proportioned shapes, and protruding and recessed planes. These provide unified architectural expressions across the mews while clearly identifying each property as an individual home.

The design rethinks the London town house deliberately moving away from homes with rear gardens. Staggered forms and setbacks, stacked outdoor spaces and enclosed courtyards maximise direct access to the outside, both in terms of daylight and physical connection.

"This is a rare example of a development which provides new spacious family homes for rent in the heart of London that also have the benefit of private outdoor space and off-street parking. We have been lucky enough to work with a client, who has been supportive of our innovative solutions and contemporary architectural style."

Paul Wells Partner Studio Moren

The development includes a new street frontage of two houses on Lillie Road with another seven houses forming a terrace behind, perpendicular to the road. The terrace fronts onto a ‘mews-style’ space with a shared access and thoughtful landscaping, whilst the Lillie Road frontage is set back to allow for front gardens and vehicle parking similar to other properties in the street.

The external facades offer a play of high-quality materials, elegantly proportioned shapes, and protruding and recessed planes to provide a strong rhythm and unified architectural expression across the mews whilst clearly identifying each property as an individual home. We have deliberately avoided a pastiche of the various surrounding architectural styles, combining simple compositions with traditional materials and elements to add a distinctly modern chapter in the history and development of Lillie Road.

Inside the properties, our design for a full height atrium stairwell is one of the stand-out elements, linking together the internal and external spaces of the house in a light-filled central core.

In the open plan kitchen and dining area stylish but hard-wearing quartz black floor tiles flow seamlessly between the internal rooms and the outside terrace, with the floor to ceiling doors and glazing giving uninterrupted views between the spaces.

In the bathroom, we chose bold anthracite grey for the floor and wall tiles, lightened by the curvaceous geometrical designs and buttery hues of the tiles on the features walls.

Cockpit International
London, United Kingdom
Completed 2016
9 townhouses
Andy Stagg