Rodić Davidson Architects has transformed two artists’ studios into a high-rise family home in London filled with eclectic furniture and eye-catching artwork.
It is called Turner’s Studio because a blue plaque on the side of the building indicates that these particular studios were occupied by the painter between 1811 and 1829, although the claim is unfounded. Rodić Davidson’s transformation celebrates many of the features that made the building suitable for painting. The owners wanted to retain aspects of their former domestic life while creating a home that could accommodate a growing family. They also wanted to design their art collection.
Everything above ground was removed to create a single space of considerable volume, filled with light. This cleaned up the ground floor and became a single open space for lounging, cooking, eating and entertaining, opening onto a back garden.
High, sloping ceilings and large skylights allow natural light into the interior, including a large new basement. The new basement doubles the footprint of the two original buildings and offers plenty of space for a master bedroom, two children’s rooms, a playroom and a bathroom.
The plan focuses on a central stairwell and lightwell, both of which help bring plenty of natural light into the basement. Artwork is scattered throughout the walls, including on the exposed whitewashed brickwork that forms the back of the original facade. Patterned sofas and royal blue dining chairs in the living area match their bright colors. Interior designer Suzy Hoodless also added lots of color to the main floor, from the splatter-style wallpaper in the children’s rooms to the deep red hue of the master bedroom. Surfaces are kept light and bright, creating a blank canvas for displaying colorful paintings and objects.