Bonhôte House
Islington, London, 2009–12

Redevelopment of a London townhouse to create a new home for a contemporary photography collector and his family.

The removal of a small section of the entrance floor created a double height lower ground floor gallery to display photography, books and vintage bikes.

"Every day I come home to my narrow London terrace, open the door and am amazed by the generosity of space. Its my little-BIG house."


"You walk in through the front door of what looks like a regular London terraced house, and wham! The space drops away to the right, the light pours in from three sides, the walls ripple and a brass balustrade glitters"

Timothy Brittain-Catlin
World of Interiors, April 2014

Form follows Family.

Bespoke skirtings and architraves were made from the profiles of the four family members. The children's profiles were used in the children's bedrooms, the parents in theirs. The shared spaces were lined in a ripple-effect panelling made from a combination of all four.


  • Icon Interior of the Year 2014 nomination
  • New London Architecture, ‘Don’t move, improve’, Interior Design commendation


Islington, London

Structural engineer
Price and Myers


Tim Soar

Further Reading

Ripple effect by Timothy Brittain-Catlin
Feature in World of Interiors, April 2014

Case Study, Bonhôte House
Architects's Journal, 1 August 2014