Gundry & Ducker gives White Rabbit House makeover with green hues and terrazzo - architecture and design

Gundry & Ducker gives White Rabbit House makeover with green hues and terrazzo



Archways, chequerboard terrazzo, and sherbet hues feature in this 1970s house in London, overhauled by architecture studio Gundry & Ducker.
The local practice designed the renovation and extension for White Rabbit House, which is set in a terrace of neo-Georgian houses built in Canonbury, Islington in the 1970s.

Gundry & Ducker could not add an extra level because of local planning restrictions, so instead they rearranged the two-storey building to make three floors.
The studio added an extension to the rear that is clad in marble and terrazzo, in a design that is meant to allude to Georgian fireplace decoration. Pale, strawberry-pink tiles line the top of the rear facade.

Gundry & Ducker then gutted the interior to create what they describe as a "modern interpretation of a Georgian house". The centrepiece is a staircase that curves around into a cantilever. An overhanging lip from the top stair has a circular cut out for the end of the bannister to run through.

"The design is centred around a cantilevered pill-shaped staircase that sits in a triple-height space with the upper rooms accessed directly off the stair," Gundry & Ducker said.

"The cantilevered staircase was built entirely on-site and, although contemporary, is built in the same way a Victorian or Georgian staircase would be built."

The stair is painted a pale green with slim racing-green railings and a polished wood bannister. The steps are made from a custom te...
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