Paul Archer Design


Christchurch Hill

A scandinavian-inspired refurbishment with wood at its heart for a warm and tactile property in Hampstead.


We managed to offset clean, minimalist lines with warmth and texture through the extensive use of timber and other natural materials, for a home fully immersed in nature.

Project description

Materiality and tactility were very important in the scheme of this 5 story Victorian townhouse in Hampstead. Keen to bring the outdoors in, the interiors reflect the client’s Scandinavian roots with mid-century inspired timber running throughout all floors - from integrated reeded joinery to the cladding in the garden. With a minimal design, the natural materials shine through creating a tranquil and warming environment. The floor plan of the house has been enhanced by removing walls, adding glazed partitions and opening up the staircase. The addition of a bedroom, bathroom, integrated lighting and fixtures all combined help the flow of the house and optimise daylight potential. The result is elegant, cohesive and bright yet practical and streamlined to suit the lifestyle of its owners.

At the rear of the house where the dining area sits currently was the original extension. Looking tired and dated, the decision was to demolish and rebuild. There were limitations in place as time was of the essence in this project, meaning the footprint and structure had to remain the same to avoid a lengthy planning process and potentially onerous party wall awards. With the addition of a skylight and the tall rear glazed wall, the space was transformed into a beautiful bright area ready to connect with nature and enjoy the views of the newly landscaped garden. These alterations also offered an opportunity to improve the thermal properties of the house. To continue with the Scandinavian theme, timber panelling has been added to the ceiling and the existing structural beams have been painted a feature colour. For the rest of the house colour and texture have been utilised and pastel tones appear in selected rooms, as well as micro-cement in the bathroom.

The attic space was converted into a bedroom by the previous owners. We have neatened it up and installed a bathroom behind the timber panelling. An integrated seating area backing onto reeded timber makes a stylish yet functional feature out of the existing structure.

Material design

A collection of natural hard and soft materials have been used together to create a cohesive and inviting atmosphere. Stone surfaces for functionality in kitchen and bathrooms whilst oak has been used for decoration and added warmth. Glazing has been utilised to not lose any light and have been married with white steel frames.


Before GIFA
250 sqm
After GIFA
250 sqm
Cost PSM
£2400 / sqm
Absolute Building Limited
Structural Engineer
QED Structures
Helen Cathcart

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