One of the most exciting residential additions to London’s vast landscape in 2017, Marie’s Wardrobe was born out of an ambitious regeneration and reorganisation.
Tsuruta Architects was behind Marie’s Wardrobe, which was previously a 20th century house that had been allowed to fall into a state of some disrepair. A new staircase is the centrepiece of the property that also includes seven bedrooms, an open living area, kitchen, dining room and two bathrooms as well as a flat in the basement.
Marie’s Wardrobe has already been the recipient of industry praise and recognition. Last year it was one of a select few properties to win a RIBA London Award 2017. It is now hoping to build on that success in 2018 and was recently nominated for a 2018 Wood Award in the ‘Interiors’ category.
When the project was first started, Marie’s Wardrobe was in a need of a complete reorganisation. The original large staircase made the circulation light and airy but its dominance compromised the entire layout. Timber was selected for the new staircase, wardrobe, windows and framework wall due to its natural qualities and flexibility. The perforated timber treads, risers and balustrade of the new staircase let light and air through, but in a more compact configuration. Traces of engraved e-mail dialogues between the client and architect appear on the stair stringer and handrail.
Windows and a new plywood framework create a screen wall for two new bathrooms and a utility room, letting light flow into the stairwell. A large cantilevered steel balcony with timber storage underneath anchors the kitchen and dining room to the back garden.
A large proportion of the work on site was carried out by main contractor Arobuild. The London-based company was also responsible for the intricate and detailed joinery required through the property’s interiors. The wood for the project was supplied by Riga Ply and this included Latvian birch plywood. CNC Fabrication was carried out by Cut and Construct, Webb Yates Engineers completed the structural engineering and structural consultancy was conducted by Entuitive Engineering.
Established in 2006 by experience Japanese architect Taro Tsuruta, Tsuruta Architects specialise in providing bespoke design solutions that transform ordinary spaces into something special. The practice is a proponent of modern techniques such as digital fabrication to create design solutions that are both charming and cost efficient. As well as Marie’s Wardrobe, Tsuruta Architects has previous won acclaim for its project House of Trace. Displaying a radically different approach to home redevelopment, House of Trace was a hit in the industry and the press. Amongst its numerous accolades was the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stephen Lawrence Prize 2016. To view more projects from the practice, please visit www.tsurutaarchitects.com.