The generous proportions of this Victorian Villa allowed us to create an expansive family home for our clients. We retained and enhanced the traditional features and proportions of the original house then modernised its jumble of rear extensions to create contemporary spaces connected to the garden.
A full basement was formed beneath the property to add luxurious health facilities; a tranquil spa, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. The basement spaces are lit with daylight from generous traditional front light wells and crisp glass floor lights.
The neglected attic was converted and connected to the rest of the home to provide a private master suite with double bathroom, his and hers dressing rooms, lounge and bedroom.
Our clients’ had moved into a tall Victorian town house that had all the space the family needed but not necessarily in the right order. We worked with them to match the daily routine to the character of the existing spaces and adapted them where necessary.
A particular focus was modernising the existing bathrooms and creating en-suites so that family or guests on each floor had fresh and characterful facilities.
Our milk homes’ clients often take us to new houses for a second or third project but its unusual to be taken to a restaurant, so we were delighted when Karl & Yotam asked us to get involved in their newest venture just down the road in Spitalfields.
Milk’s services become really efficient when we are working across all our disciplines and for the restaurant we were able to offer Project Management, Architecture, Structures and a dash of Interiors. We also recommended our favourite restaurant consultants to complete a design team that we knew could deliver the quality that characterises Ottolenghi.
The Ottolenghi team includes the designer Alex Meitlis (www.alexmeitlis.com) who was a playful part of the gang from the start. Alex has been delivering the interiors for the Ottolenghi branches from the outset so carries with him the essential ingredients for their distinctive interiors.
The strong team was absolutely vital in bringing a truly dilapidated Grade 2 listed building with no distinctive character up to the exacting standards of a contemporary kitchen and restaurant. Proactive relationships with the Conservation and Planning Officers at Tower Hamlets, Building Control Inspectors and all the Contractor’s and Suppliers reinforced the process.
Looking back at the work we’ve learnt that milk and Ottolenghi are both businesses intertwined with homes, friendships and long working relationships and so that original invite was not as surprising as it first seemed.